Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo’s future lies here, says Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground on May 12, 2022 in Manchester, England.

New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says he will be looking to Cristiano Ronaldo for goals next season, while the new boss is considering what reinforcements are required in the summer transfer window.

Ronaldo’s future has been thrown into doubt recently ahead of the management change, but Ten Hag was quick to address the issue in short, sharp fashion during his first press conference as Old Trafford boss. 

When asked if Ronaldo is in his plans, Ten Hag said: “Of course”.

Then asked what the Portuguese will bring, he simply replied: “Goals”.

Ten Hag was pressed on what else he will demand from the 37-year-old, who scored 18 Premier League goals in 2021/22.

"I talk first with Ronaldo before I talk with you,” said the Dutchman.

A turnover of playing staff is expected this summer after a disappointing season for the Red Devils.

Ralf Rangnick led United to sixth place in the Premier League, finishing with 12 defeats and 13 points outside the Champions League spots, and Ten Hag was asked about the number of new signings that could be needed.

"I'm still in the process of analysing, to set conclusions,” said the former Ajax boss.

"I'm looking forward to working with these players. The season before, this squad was second in the league, so there is huge potential.

“I think if we improve, if we work with them, I think we can get out more than what was the result from this season."

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