Erik ten Hag 'makes final decision on Cristiano Ronaldo' as new Man Utd era awaits


Erik ten Hag will tell Cristiano Ronaldo he wants him to stay at Manchester United and play a key role in his first season as manager. The Dutchman is set to build the opening stage of his United rebuild around Ronaldo, who is under contract at Old Trafford until 2023.

According to the Telegraph, Ten Hag wants Ronaldo in his plans next term, and the 37-year-old will be one of the first players he speaks to after leaving Ajax for the Premier League. The Dutchman would deem it ‘foolish’ to let the prolific United icon leave one year before his current deal expires.

Ten Hag deems Ronaldo a ‘key player’, despite his plans to target a new striker this summer, and he isn’t against building his first United team around him. He is currently weighing up options to get the best out of the Portugal international because he has plenty of work to do in other areas of the squad he will inherit.

The report claims, however, that he could inform Ronaldo that he can’t expect to start every match to maintain his condition, physical capabilities, and as a result, his form. He has endured challenging patches throughout this season because of United’s over-reliance on his goal output.

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