Erik Ten Hag Gives Updates on Ronaldo: At Old Trafford, where Marcus Rashford has scored three goals in his last two games, Cristiano Ronaldo is scheduled to make his first start of the year.
Erik ten Hag, the manager of Manchester United, is adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo can continue to captain the team for the remainder of this campaign.
Ronaldo played only 45 minutes in each of United’s six preseason games, but he has started one of their six Premier League games this year.
The 37-year-old made his debut in the 4-0 demolition of Brentford on August 13 but was benched for the historic victory against Liverpool nine days later and hasn’t made a start since.
In the opening Europa League group match against Real Sociedad on Thursday night, Ronaldo is probably going to start again, and Ten Hag would have no qualms about bringing up the Portuguese.
“He made his debut against Brentford. Then not yet, but he is prepared to begin,” he said. “Perhaps I can’t make every player happy every game, but it’s apparent that everyone gets to participate if they do well.
We need everyone since we have a tonne of games to cover, including the Premier League, the Europa League, and the World Cup in addition to the national teams’ competitions.
After his agency and brother visited with Paris Saint-Germain representatives at the beginning of last month, Marcus Rashford has scored three goals and recorded two assists in his previous four games.
Although the 24-year-old is officially in the final year of his deal, United has the option to extend it another year, which they are likely to do before the January transfer window closes.
Ten Hag has loved working with Rashford, who has already started half the Premier League games that he was scheduled to start last season.
Again, it’s challenging for him to speak about the past, but he said: “I see a happy Marcus Rashford, I see some phases in his game that we could improve, and we worked really hard with him the last two and a half months on different aspects. He likes it, and he wants to transfer it to the pitch, and that’s what you see in this moment.
If you want to stick together a style of play and transfer different aspects of your game and are happy, you will bring more of a contribution to the team, to the performance, to the result, and also to the development. “It starts with happiness, he really is coming in every day, enjoys it, he’s really smiling, a positive vibe.
“United manage the situation, so I don’t think he’s out of contract.”