Erik ten Hag is going to be the next permanent manager of Manchester United. That much is official. And it is safe to say that the Dutchman will have his work cut out for him, as he has been tasked with taking a side back to the top that has not even won a single trophy in the past five seasons. He might have been brilliant at Ajax, but this is going to be a whole different ball game for sure.
One player whose future at Manchester United has been up in the air for a while is Cristiano Ronaldo. His return to the club has not gone as envisioned. When he arrived, the Red Devils were viewed as Premier League contenders. Now, they are not even going to finish in the top four and a it is unclear whether they will in the top six either.
Many have wondered whether Ronaldo will be a part of Ten Hag’s plans or whether he would like to move in a different direction and bring in a striker who is younger than the 37-year-old Portuguese legend.
Amidst all this, Ronaldo has broken his silence about Manchester United’s appointment of Ten Hag as the club’s next manager. As reported by the club’s official website, he said:
"“I know that he has done a fantastic job at Ajax, and that he is an experienced coach, but we have to give him time.“Things must change the way he wants. If he does well, all of Manchester United will be successful, so I wish him well. We are all happy and excited [about his arrival], not only as players, but as fans as well. We have to believe that next year we can win titles.”"
Is Ronaldo going to stay at Manchester United after Ten Hag arrives as manager?
Till now, all indications have suggested that Ronaldo is planning to stay the following season at Manchester United.
Of course, a lot will depend on Ten Hag as well and what he wants to do. Things can change very quickly in football.
If Ronaldo does stay on at Manchester United, it will be the first time in two decades that he does not play in the Champions League. And West Ham United are still chasing the Red Devils for the sixth spot, although with the Hammers still to play Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion, Ralf Rangnick’s side should have enough in the tank to hold on to the Europa League spot.