Cristiano Ronaldo has reassured Manchester United supporters that he is pleased at the club and that he is likely to stay under new manager Erik ten Hag.
Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that he would stay at Manchester United for the foreseeable future, but has warned that Erik ten Hag must be given time to restore the club’s glory days.
Last summer, 12 years after leaving United for Real Madrid, Ronaldo returned to the club and scored 24 goals in 38 games to end as the club’s best scorer in all competitions.
Despite Ronaldo’s 18 Premier League goals, the Red Devils had a dreadful season and lost out on Champions League qualifying.
The 37-year-old’s contract expires in a year, and his inability to qualify for Europe’s top tournament – a stage he has made his own – has sparked speculation that he may cut short his return to United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was ousted in November, and interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who left the club at the end of the season despite having agreed to continue on as a consultant, were responsible for United’s disappointing season.
Despite the disappointing season, Ronaldo remains satisfied in Manchester and believes United will return to their rightful place.
“In an interview with the club, he remarked, “It was good to feel the supporters when I came back again. They seem to be really happy.
I was-and continue to be-overjoyed to be here. Manchester, in my opinion, is where I belong. As I already stated, it takes time, but I continue to believe. ”
It’s still what drives me to keep going. Just putting in the effort. I’m still enamored by the game’s enthusiasm.
And, of course, Manchester and my teammates have always been there for me, so I have to thank everyone who has helped me.”
Erik Ten Hag is Ronaldo’s third manager since rejoining the Red Devils following the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the ill-fated temporary tenure of Ralf Rangnick.
After finishing 35 points behind Manchester City last season, the Dutchman joins with a solid reputation in European football but an enormous challenge ahead of him to rebuild a group capable of contending on all fronts.
Erik ten Hag’s decision to forego a vacation and jump right into his new job as Manchester United manager reveals the enormity of the task ahead of him.
The 52-year-old inherits a squad in desperate need of a makeover after the poorest Premier League season in club history.
“I know he [Ten Hag] did an excellent job with Ajax and is a seasoned coach.” Ronaldo remarked.
“However, we must give him time and allow things to change in the way he desires. Of course, I hope we succeed. Because if he succeeds, the entire city of Manchester will succeed as well.
As a result, I wish him the best. Not just the players, but also the supporters, are thrilled and enthusiastic. ”
Ronaldo saw Argentina youngster Alejandro Garnacho make his full Red Devils debut last season, while Hannibal Mejbri continued his climb to prominence by appearing in the first squad towards the conclusion of the previous campaign.
Ten Hag, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, is expected to continue United’s great tradition of giving young players opportunities next season, according to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
“Of course, I believe we should provide opportunity to the next generation.” Ronaldo remarked.
“They recognize that success requires sacrifice, hard work, a strong work ethic, and devotion. But, of course, if the they ask for my opinion or advice, I will provide it because I want to assist.”