Cristiano Ronaldo stays at Manchester United, coach Erik ten Hag insists

21 Sep 2022 | 08:07 | Football

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag repeated on Wednesday that he is believing in Cristiano Ronaldo this season. “Obviously of course we need quality players,” said Ten Haag when asked about the Portuguese star’s uncertainties the day before the summer transfer window closed. “You need more and cover all the games to stay consistent, that’s what we strive for,” he said at a press conference. “From now on, we play three games a week.

“We will go from September to January minimum with this squad.”

Ronaldo have been pushing for a transfer since the end of last season when United failed to qualify for the Champions League. The 37-year-old Portuguese forward is the all-time top scorer in the competition, ahead of 15 Lionel Messibut the Argentinian is two years younger and will play in the Champions League this season with Paris Saint-Germain.

Ronaldo finds it impossible to attract offers from Europe’s top clubs, with the latest reports linking him to former club Sporting Lisbon, as well as Napoli and Marseille. Ronaldo has started just one of United’s four games this season, following a humiliating 4-0 loss to Brentford.

Although United said on their website on Tuesday that they had reached an agreement to buy Brazilian attacker Antony from Ajax, Ten Haag was cynical about the player. “First, I have to sign him! There is an agreement between the clubs but the paperwork hasn’t been done so I can’t go too deep into that,” he said.

United are believed to be paying Ajax a flat fee of £80.6m (€93.9m), with an additional £4.2m for the 22-year-old, who has yet to complete medical procedures . Ten Haag also confirmed that he expected Martin Dubravka from Newcastle. The goalkeeper has been informed that he has undergone medical treatment.

Ten Haag says full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka will not leave. Although Antony is signing and Ronaldo is staying, Ten Haag still wants more attacking players.

“In attack, we need to strengthen the squad. Offensive players get tired more quickly. They have to run more with high intensity.” he say. “We need the numbers there. We need not only quantity but also quality.”

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He suggests that United are done with their transfer unless something unexpected happens.

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