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Erik ten Hag defends Cristiano Ronaldo amid transfer controversies

Fri 05 August 2022 | 14:34

Cristiano Ronaldo is keen on going out the exit door as he wants to play in the Champions League. He played in only one of the pre-season games for 45 minutes last weekend, being blasted ‘not being fit enough to play’ by the new United boss.

The Dutchman facing a squad-selection headache as he prepares for his first Premier League game as Manchester United manager. With

Anthony Martial

ruled out of their Saturday game against Brentford,

Cristiano Ronaldo

is the only other recognized striker in the squad. The Portuguese’s transfer request failed as no club stepped forward for his signature and Ronaldo unsurprisingly became the center of attention during Ten Hag's first Premier League pre-match news conference on Friday.

"

Now I have to point. Those who left early, there were many,"

Ten Hag

said when asked about his criticism of the players.

"But the spotlight is on Ronaldo, and that's not right.

"He was part of it, but again it was a lot of players. So do you research and make [it clear that] many players left."

"I'm really happy, I told you before. We have a top striker, I'm happy he's here. He's in the squad and we stick to the plan."

 

On whether players like Ronaldo should face disciplinary action or not, the former

Ajax

boss said:

"I think we said enough of it. I said it's not correct, clear. You mention it, correct them, and then move on.

"I think I am satisfied with the whole team, they're working well, it's a good culture. And also Ronaldo, he's working really hard."

On Anthony Martial's injury’s severity,

the Dutchman

said:

"It's always difficult to say [how long he will be out for] with these injuries, I hope not too long

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