Ten Hag gives verdict on 'giant' Ronaldo

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Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has issued his verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of his arrival at Old Trafford.

Despite having just one more match left before the season ends, United are already preparing for the 2022/23 campaign. 

With some changes expected to be made to the playing squad, there has been a lot of speculation about Ronaldo's future, if any, under the Dutchman, with some believing the forward could leave the Premier League giants in the next window, especially as the Red Devils do not have UEFA Champions League football to look forward to next season.

Ten Hag managed his final match with Ajax Amsterdam, who had already been crowned Eredivisie champions, on Sunday when they played out a 2-2 draw with Vitesse.

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After the game, the 52-year-old spoke openly about his move to Old Trafford, and seemingly suggested that Ronaldo will be an integral part of his new side. 

"From tomorrow [Monday], my focus will be on United, and I will, of course, get deep into things there," Ten Hag said on Sunday, per the Metro.

"What I have to say about it is the detailed analysis still has to begin.

"I still have to work with the team, but let me be clear that, at United, there are a lot of good players around.

"We have to make them function as a team, but definitely Ronaldo, he is a giant."

Ten Hag reiterated his stance on Ronaldo in another interview on Monday.

"I look forward to working with him," he told Dutch outlet De Telegraaf.

"Ronaldo is a giant. Because of what he's already shown and I think he's still very ambitious. Of course, I'd like to keep him.

"He has been very important for Man Utd this year [and he] can produce great statistics."

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The Portuguese superstar himself has hinted at staying at the club beyond this season upon the new boss' arrival.

"What I know about him is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he's an experienced coach," Ronaldo said in an interview with United's official website on the weekend.

"But we need to give him time. Things need to change the way he wants.

"I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.

"We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well.

"I wish him the best and let's believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies."

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