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Written by Martin Graham | May 14, 2022
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has asked the club to give Eric ten Hag time to work when work resumes at Old Trafford in the summer.
Erik ten Hag has been appointed after six months of strategic planning and the search for a new club director, following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as coach.
The new Austrian national team manager, Ralf Rangnick, has been given the position for a period of six months on a temporary basis after which he will become a sporting advisory director for a period of two years, a position he will occupy alongside his job in the Austrian national team.
Ten Hag is now preparing for the final pieces of his puzzle he wants to showcase to the Premier League giants, after his victory over the rest of the Eredivisie at the weekend.
Many called on the club to give him time, however, claiming it wouldn’t be easy to get Man United back to winning ways almost immediately. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who returned to the club in the summer after 12 years away from collecting individual titles and accolades, is the latest to join the calls.
Ronaldo told United’s official website: “What I know about him is that he has done a great job for Ajax, he is an experienced coach. But we have to give him time. Things need to change the way he wants to.”
“I hope that we will be successful, of course, because if it is successful, then all of Manchester will also be successful. I wish him the best.”
Ronaldo looks forward to trophies with Ten Hag
Ronaldo, 37, is listed as one of the players to leave the club following the 52-year-old’s arrival from Ajax Amsterdam in the summer. However, there were no comments from the star camp on the issue, which made people believe that he would honor the two-year contract he signed when he returned to the club.
The former Real Madrid player has expressed his hope that Ten Hag will end United’s wait for the trophy in the coming seasons. He added in his previous statements: “We are happy and excited, not only as players, but as fans as well.
“I wish him the best and let’s believe that next year we will win titles.”
The former coach of FC Utrecht was appointed without consulting the players, a precedent in the club’s recent history. Ronaldo has been cited as one of the reasons the club chose to go down this path, as his influence led to the exclusion of some other goals.
The Red Devils are currently in sixth place and have missed out on every chance to play in the Champions League next season. Ronaldo will play in the UEFA Europa League for the first time in his career if he stays at the club.