There has been a lot of speculation over whether Erik ten Hag would want to keep Cristiano Ronaldo if he takes over as Man United’s next manager.
This comes from reports that the Dutch manager wants energetic, hard-working players committed to pressing really sharply all the time – with some feeling Ronaldo can’t fulfill that.
However, the last time Ten Hag met Ronaldo – in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2019 – he had nothing but good things to say as Cristiano was facing a fitness test.
He said: “I think it’s nice if Ronaldo plays. We want to play against the best possible opponent. That’s a challenge and we like to face challenges. It’s fantastic if you can compete against a player like Ronaldo.”
Ten Hag’s Ajax side ultimately got the win over Ronaldo & co, moving into the semi-finals of the Champions League after defeating Juventus 2-1 at their own ground in the second leg.
It’s been 3 years since that incident, so it remains to be seen whether Ten Hag accepts Cristiano on his squad if he takes over at Old Trafford next season.