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Erik ten Hag explains why Cristiano Ronaldo will start against Brentford

By Harry Smith

Erik ten Hag explains why Cristiano Ronaldo will start against Brentford

Cristiano Ronaldo replaces Scott McTominay in the staring eleven

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After Manchester United confirmed their starting eleven that will face Brentford away from home today, the manager Erik ten Hag gave a quick interview for MUTV, where he was questioned about his decision to maintain almost the entirety of the squad, that lost in last week’s fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Obviously, the first question was about the big change for today’s game with Cristiano Ronaldo starting. The manager was asked if Cristiano is ready after his short pre-season, to which he responded: “It’s short, but Ronaldo is Ronaldo, he can do that. He proved it so often in the past, he’s a really fit guy and he has to show it today”.

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The interviewer asked about Christian Eriksen being a factor for today’s match as he played in that stadium as a Brentford player last season: “He has to dominate the game, like everyone else. He can make the difference. We know his creativity. His relationship with Bruno is getting better every day”, responded the Dutchman.

When asked if the weather could be a factor in today’s game as the heat continues to increase in England. He said that it doesn’t matter: “I don’t talk about it. We have to play the game. It is hot for everyone. It’s the same for both teams”. Bruno Fernandes was also asked about this, and he agreed with his coach, as it is their job.

A new opportunity

Manchester United will try to forget what happened last week and treat this game as if this is the first game of the season. Cristiano Ronaldo will have more time on the pitch to help the team score goals and we will see how the midfield sets up without Scott McTominay. On a side note, the Red Devils are debuting their third kit for the season today. 


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