Cristiano Ronaldo ‘happy to be back’ at Manchester United but Erik ten Hag suggests he’s not ready for Premier League and needs ‘a lot of training’ to reach same level as teammates August 1, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Erik ten Hag has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo is some way from being match fit after returning to Manchester United action over the weekend.

The Portuguese forward has been the talk of the football world during the summer months after signalling his plans to leave Old Trafford in search of a new club.

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Ronaldo returned to action at Old Trafford on Sunday

Ronaldo was unable to have a huge impact on the game

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Ronaldo was unable to have a huge impact on the game

After weeks training away from Carrington, Ronaldo returned to the first-team fold last week and played his first minutes for the club this summer in a friendly against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

The 37-year-old played just 45 minutes of the contest, before leaving Old Trafford before the match ended.

Afterwards, Ronaldo took to social media to send a message to United’s supporters, saying that he is ‘happy to be back’.

However, only time will tell whether the forward’s long-term future remains in Manchester.

For Erik ten Hag, the focus is firmly on the club’s Premier League kick-off against Brighton this weekend.

While the rest of the United squad have enjoyed plenty of match action during the club’s pre-season campaign, the Dutch head coach believes Ronaldo still has work to do to be ready for the new season.


Fans welcomed Ronaldo back, but ten Hag believes that has lots of work to do on his fitness

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Fans welcomed Ronaldo back, but ten Hag believes that has lots of work to do on his fitness

Speaking to Viaplay, ten Hag said: “It’s like before. We plan with him, he’s in the squad.

“I cannot tell [how far away from Premier League fitness Ronaldo is].

“He is definitely not on the level of our squad players at this moment because he missed a lot of weeks.

“He needs games and he needs a lot of training.”

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