“Goals”: Erik ten Hag wants Cristiano Ronaldo to be the spearhead of Manchester United’s attack next season

Erik ten Hag says he is looking forward to working with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire as he begins work as Manchester United manager.

Ten hag and CR7
Erik Ten hag and CR7

Erik ten Hag says he is looking forward to working with Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire as he begins work as Manchester United manager. ten Hag has officially started his role as the new manager at Old Trafford and was in attendance as the Red Devils’ season concluded with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Ten Hag is famed for playing a high-pressing, attacking game, with there having been suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo may not be part of his plans given the 37-year-old’s own style of play.

Speaking at his first press conference though, the Dutchman said he is eagerly anticipating the prospect of working with Cristiano Ronaldo next season – who finished this season as United’s leading goalscorer.

“Of course,” he said when asked if he was looking forward to working with the Portugal captain.

When asked what Ronaldo could bring, Ten Hag added “Goals.” It was then suggested Ronaldo could occupy more of a leadership role in the final year of his contract. “I talk first with Ronaldo before I talk with you,” Ten Hag replied.

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Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag also speaks about Harry Maguire and Donny van de Beek

Ten Hag refused to confirm whether Harry Maguire would continue as captain after a difficult season for the England international, but praised the center-back as a ‘great player’.

“I have to repeat, next season is a different season,” he said. “He’s done a good job, he’s a great player, he’s achieved a lot and his contribution to Manchester United, so I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Erik ten Hag was also asked about midfielder Donny van de Beek, who will return from a loan spell at Everton. He said, “Yes of course. I have a fantastic relationship with him. I look forward to meeting him again.”

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