Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is excited about working with manager Erik ten Hag next season.
The Portuguese made his stunning return to Old Trafford after 12 years last summer. It has been a memorable homecoming season with 24 goals across all competitions.
Despite his efforts, the Red Devils have fallen short of the Champions League places in the Premier League while suffering early exits in the Cup competitions.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Ronaldo highlighted the ‘fantastic job’ done by Ten Hag at Ajax but feels the Dutchman needs to be given time at United.
He added to express his excitement of working with the 52-year-old tactician next term as the club aim to end their ongoing trophy drought for five seasons.
Ronaldo said: “What I know about him is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach. But we need to give him time.”
“Things need to change the way he wants. I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.
“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well. I wish him the best and let’s believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies.”
The Red Devils are widely expected to pursue a new marquee striker, but judging by recent reports, the plan may not be to replace Ronaldo in the front line next term.
Ten Hag is eyeing a more versatile forward to bolster the squad which suggests that Ronaldo will have a key role to play up front, provided he can adapt to the system.
The £31.5 million-rated star has become a more traditional striker in recent years, but we have seen Sebastien Haller find plenty of success in a similar role under Ten Hag at Ajax.
Talking about versatility, a move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez could be an option. The Uruguayan has netted a stunning 34 goals this term. He can operate up front or on the left wing.
Ronaldo could potentially line up with Nunez and Jadon Sancho either side in this case. Nunez can be considered as a suitable long-term replacement for the 37-year-old.
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