This Portugal international has yet to join Erik ten Hag’s squad on their preseason tour. It is unclear when he will be wearing a United shirt.
Fabrizio Romano’s exclusive CaughtOffside column, Substack, claims that the entire Man Utd team is unaware of the situation and were surprised by the player’s decision. Romano maintains that the camp is happy under Ten Hag, the new manager who replaced Ajax at end of last season. Romano stated that there is a positive feeling about Erik ten Hag’s methods in the Manchester United dressing rooms so far.
The players are happy and feel a change in the way Erik ten Hag has managed the team’s pre-season training. Romano said: “There is a great feeling about Erik ten Hag’s methods inside the Manchester United dressing room so far.”
Ronaldo, who scored 24 goals last season for United, remains a top finisher. However, questions remain as to whether he’s suitable to play under Ten Hag’s system at 37.
“The players are satisfied and feel a clear change from the last few years as the new manager implements his philosophy during pre-season training.”
He added: “The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly a surprise for everyone, but the players themselves are waiting to understand the final decision of the Portuguese: they really don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Ronaldo remains a world class finisher, scoring 24 goals for United last season, but questions remain over his suitability to play in Ten Hag’s system at the age of 37.