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Erik ten Hag defends Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the season

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag defends Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the season

The manager says he does not have any issue with the player and expects him to stay

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This Friday afternoon, Manchester United manager, Erik ten Hag, held a press conference in the lead-up to the team’s first game of the Premier League season this Sunday against Brighton & Hove Albion. Among several topics, he didn’t hesitate to jump out to defend Cristiano Ronaldo from accusations from the media.

Ten Hag was asked specifically about Ronaldo leaving Old Trafford las Sunday while the friendly match against Rayo Vallecano was still being played, to which he replied: “Now I have to point out, there were many players who left but the spotlight is on Cristiano. That is not right, do your research”.

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The Dutchman added that his problem with CR7 after the last game of pre-season is a thing of the past and believes he will be a crucial part of the team this campaign: “I am really happy with Cristiano Ronaldo. We have a top striker. He is here with us and is in the squad”. The manager also left the door open to the possibility that the Portuguese forward starts against Brighton.

Erik ten Hag will defend all of his players

After today’s press conference, it is clear that former Ajax coach will not tolerate the press attacking anyone from his players. About how he handled the ‘unacceptable’ behavior of his subordinates during the match against Rayo, he said: “You mention it, you correct them, then move on”.


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