At the pre-match press conference ahead of Leicester City‘s clash with Manchester United, Erik ten Hag confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is still part of his plans.
Manchester United are looking to build on their two consecutive victories against Liverpool and Southampton which may have got their season back on track after losing the first two matches.
“The window will end like this (with the signing of Dubravka). You always have to be alert, but we will go from September to January with this squad. Offensively we needed to strengthen the team,” the Dutchman was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Ten Hag was specifically questioned about the continuity of CR7 and whether he will continue to be important and in the team after the arrival of Antony.
“It’s clear (that Ronaldo is part of my plans). We need quality players for every game”.
After a summer in which Ronaldo joined United’s pre-season training camp late in search of a Champions League club and none of his options (Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Sporting CP) materialised, he will remain at Old Trafford.
With a contract until June 2023, Ronaldo will remain with the Red Devils, who are aiming for the top four in the Premier League and who are playing in the Europa League.
Three games out of four as a substitute
In the four Premier League matches United have played so far, the Portuguese has only started one.
He played 37 minutes against Brighton, 90 minutes at Brentford (the only one in which he started), four minutes against Liverpool and 22 minutes at Southampton.