Manchester United are ready to hand over the reins of the first team to Erik ten Hag this summer. The Dutch manager will succeed caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick, who will move upstairs in a consulting role.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo is excited about Ten Hag’s arrival at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, the Red Devils have been criticized for their decision to let go of Edinson Cavani.
On that note, here’s a rundown of Manchester United’s top transfer stories as of May 14, 2022:
Cristiano Ronaldo excited by the arrival of Erik ten Hag
Cristiano Ronaldo is hoping to win trophies under Erik ten Hag next season. The Dutch manager is set to take charge at Old Trafford this summer.
Ronaldo has endured a difficult first season since returning to his former hunting ground Juventus last year. The 37-year-old is set for a first trophyless campaign in 12 years, despite his club’s best tally of 24 goals in all competitions.
However, Ronaldo believes good times are just around the corner with Ten Hag’s imminent arrival. Speaking to the club’s website, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said the Dutchman will need time to adapt at United though.
“What I know about him is that he has done a fantastic job for Ajax, he is an experienced coach. But you have to give him time. Things have to change the way he wants,” said said Ronaldo.
“I hope we are successful, of course, because if you are successful, all of Manchester will be successful too. I wish him the best. We are happy and excited, not only as players but also as than supporters. I wish him the best, and believe that next year we will win trophies.”
Frank McAvennie criticizes Manchester United for Edinson Cavani decision
Former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie has criticized Manchester United for allowing Departure of Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan is in the final two months of his contract with the Red Devils but hasn’t yet been offered a new deal.
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie said Cavani’s experience would have been crucial for Ten Hag. He said of the outgoing Manchester United striker:
“Well, it looks like Cavani is going, which is a ridiculous move. He’s an incredible striker, and he’s a step ahead of some of the other strikers out there, let me tell you. When he plays he scores, it’s as simple as that. But for some reason he hasn’t played this season. He has the appearances, but they’re all off the bench. You see Sancho and Rashford play, but they’re both struggling.”
“Next season is going to be difficult for them; there will be many new players. You need an experienced leader to keep the peace and keep everything stable. Cavani would be perfect for that, even if he doesn’t play that much. I know Ten Hag hasn’t even walked through the door yet, but that seems like mistake number one to me.”
Red Devils will take more than five years to get back to their best, says Paddy Kenny
Manchester United could take more than five years to get back to their best, according to former Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. The Red Devils have suffered another disappointing season and will not play in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny said Manchester United were a broken team, adding:
“Where to start with this team? I have no idea. It’s just broken; they are not a team. Everyone at the club should be absolutely embarrassed by the way he behaves. These guys play for Man United. It’s not good enough. No disrespect to Brighton, but they shouldn’t be beaten 4-0. I wasn’t exactly surprised Brighton won, but to concede four and barely put a glove on them, no.”
“Brighton don’t score goals; a few weeks ago, they had scored one goal in eight games. Man United are just a broken club, and there is so much work to do to put it back together. It could take well over five years. There are so many things to sort out there; it’s not a quick fix.”