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Erik ten Hag confirms ‘giant’ Cristiano Ronaldo plans as new Man United boss gets to work ahead of busy summer transfer window


Erik ten Hag insists Cristiano Ronaldo will play a key role for him at Manchester United next season, describing the player as ‘a giant’.

The new head coach ended his tenure at Ajax early, in order to get a head start on the rebuilding of the Red Devils.

Ronaldo has been described by ten Hag as ‘a giant’
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Erik ten Hag confirms 'giant' Cristiano Ronaldo plans as new Man United boss gets to work ahead of busy summer transfer window
Ten Hag will leave Ajax to take over at Manchester United
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While Ten Hag’s reign won’t officially begin until the end of the current Premier League season, the Dutchman has plenty of work to do as he seeks to oversee a radical transformation of the squad and will begin his preparations this week.

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are among those certain to move on, while a number of other players have been linked with a possible exit.

Despite scoring 24 goals for United this season, Ronaldo has been tipped as a player who could make room for this summer, but according to ten Hag the 37-year-old’s status cannot be questioned.

Speaking after his last game against Ajax on Sunday, Ten Hag told De Telegraaf: “Ronaldo is a giant, because of what he has already shown and I think he is still very ambitious.

“Of course I would like to keep him. He has been very important for Manchester United this year and can produce great statistics.

Erik ten Hag confirms 'giant' Cristiano Ronaldo plans as new Man United boss gets to work ahead of busy summer transfer window
Ronaldo’s goals have spared United blushes so far this season
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Erik ten Hag confirms 'giant' Cristiano Ronaldo plans as new Man United boss gets to work ahead of busy summer transfer window
Ten Hag has a huge task ahead at United
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Ronaldo also had positive words to say about Ten Hag in an interview with Manchester United’s official website.

He said: “What I know of him is that he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he is an experienced coach.

“But we have to give him time. Things must change as he wishes.

“I hope we are successful, of course, because if you are successful, all of Manchester will be successful as well. I wish him the best.

“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but also as supporters.

“I wish him the best and believe that next year we will win trophies.”


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