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Man United coach tells Ronaldo to improve match fitness

August 04, 2022 14:21 IST
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'He is a fantastic football player, he proved it so many times, but you can always be judged on what you are now, what you are presenting now, performing now.'

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag speaks with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo 

IMAGE: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag speaks with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag said Cristiano Ronaldo could fit into his style of play but that the forward would need to build up his fitness before getting the chance to prove he deserves a place in the team.

 

Ronaldo did not join United's squad for their pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia and was left out of a friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid, but played 45 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Asked if the Portugal international can fit into his vision of how he wants United to play, Ten Hag told Sky Sports: "I think he can.

"But to start with he has to get fit, he's just started.

"He is a fantastic football player, he proved it so many times, but you can always be judged on what you are now, what you are presenting now, performing now."

Ronaldo's future at United has been the subject of intense speculation after British media reported that the 37-year-old told the club that he wanted to leave so he can play in the Champions League.

United, who will play in the second-tier Europa League this term, open their Premier League campaign on Sunday against Brighton & Hove Albion.

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