Man United: Expert 'sure' on Ronaldo future as Ten Hag decision reported

By Frank McAvennie

9th May, 2022 | 9:35am

Man United news: Expert 'sure' on Cristiano Ronaldo future as behind-the-scenes decision reported

Frank McAvennie has suggested Erik ten Hag would be correct to keep veteran striker Cristiano Ronaldo at Man United beyond this season.

The former West Ham hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 37-year-old could give the incoming Dutchman a helping hand when deciding who to keep at Old Trafford this summer.

According to The Telegraph (6 May), Ten Hag wants Ronaldo to stay at Man United despite plans for a “massive rebuild” this summer.

The report claims the Ajax boss is planning to build his side around the Portuguese icon.

The striker, who has netted 24 goals in 39 games this term, is set to miss out on Champions League football for the first time in 20 years with Man United languishing in sixth place.

McAvennie suggested Ronaldo’s Red Devils teammates “can’t hide” from Ten Hag’s scorn after their “poor” performances this term.

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“That’s not a surprise, I’m sure they’ll have spoken a lot about him staying and the future for this team,” he told Football Insider‘s Ben Wild.

“Why would you not keep him? He’s so experienced – and he’ll help Ten Hag when he comes in.

“Ten Hag will have had his people at the games to help him make these decisions. You can’t hide now, especially with all the cameras around the place.

“If you’re not having a good game, as a lot of Man United players are – you can still do something for your teammates.

“It’s the easiest thing you can do – help your teammates by putting a shift in. And they don’t seem to do it.

“Ronaldo and Messi have been doing it all their career. Not so much now, because they’re getting on a bit.

“I dread to think about the running stats out of that team – it has been so poor.”

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