Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted that he will be part of Eric ten Hager next season, praising the Dutch coach ahead of his arrival.
Ten Hag will leave Ajax to join Manchester United this summer, having just won his third Eredivisie title.
There has been much speculation about Ronaldo’s future and the Red Devils have had a difficult season.
The Portuguese star returned to Old Trafford from Juventus last summer and has been in excellent scoring form.
The 37-year-old has 18 goals in 29 Premier League appearances but has failed to stop United’s slump.
The Red Devils have withdrawn from all cup competitions and have failed to finish in the top four this season.
There are rumours that the talismanic striker may be leaving due to Ten Hag’s appointment and opinion and the worrying situation at Manchester United.
But his comments on the Dutch coaching appointment suggest the veteran striker will be lining up under Ten Hag next season.
Ronaldo told Manchester United’s official website:
“I know he’s done a fantastic job at Ajax and he’s an experienced coach, but we have to give him time,”
“Things have to change the way he wants. If he does well, the whole of Manchester United will be successful, so I wish him all the best. We are all happy and excited. [about his arrival], not only as a player, but as a fan. We have to believe we can win the championship next year. “
Manchester United to transform under Eric Ten Haag with Cristiano Ronaldo in the lead
Eric Ten Haag’s appointment has given Manchester United fans encouragement at a difficult time in the club’s history.
The Red Devils are set to record the lowest scoring record in Premier League history this season.
But Ten Hag has a proven track record of changing teams, given how many times his work at Ajax has resulted in players leaving.
Under the Dutchman, United are set to undergo a massive overhaul and many changes are expected.
But with Cristiano Ronaldo looking set to continue as part of the Old Trafford squad, Ten Hag will have an experienced world-class striker.
Ronaldo’s leadership will be valuable to the Dutch coach, who wants to improve the mood and mentality around the club.
Perhaps the next move will be to find a striker to lighten Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring burden.