Erik ten Hag has already settled on his entrance three for Manchester United’s opening sport of the brand new Premier League season and it’s unhealthy information for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Purple Devils kick off their marketing campaign with a house match in opposition to Brighton on Sunday afternoon, having been thumped 4-Zero once they visited the south-coast membership on the backend of final season.
United began their pre-season marketing campaign in robust type, profitable their first three matches in opposition to Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace, and racked up 11 objectives within the course of.
However they’ve didn’t win their subsequent three friendlies, in opposition to Aston Villa, Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano, with Ronaldo making his long-awaited return within the ultimate of these video games.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had requested to depart the membership earlier in the summertime and was given permission to skip the vast majority of United’s pre-season coaching camp as a result of ‘household causes’.
He lastly returned to Carrington final week and began in opposition to Rayo Vallecano in a line-up primarily full of children and squad gamers, however he was withdrawn after simply 45 minutes having appeared to have a heated pitch-side chat with Ten Hag and was seen leaving Outdated Trafford earlier than the match had completed.
In keeping with The Sun, Ronaldo has not finished anyplace close to sufficient to pressure his approach into Ten Hag’s considering for Sunday’s showdown with Brighton and should make do with a spot on the bench.
The Dutchman has determined to stay with the entrance three that has served him so effectively in pre-season, with Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all set to get the nod in assault.
Ten Hag feels Ronaldo just isn’t but up to the mark given how a lot of pre-season he has missed, whereas the 37-year-old just isn’t assured to return to the beginning XI anytime quickly.
There are solutions that Ten Hag’s determination won’t be effectively obtained by Ronaldo, who nonetheless feels he must be picked to begin regardless of asking to depart the membership and enjoying only one single half of soccer throughout pre-season.
When he was informed by interim boss Ralf Rangnick final season that he would solely be an influence sub in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, he claimed to have an damage and flew to Portugal.
Ronaldo stays keen to depart United this summer season regardless of being stunned by the dearth of curiosity in him from different golf equipment, whereas the Purple Devils are eager to maintain him and really feel he can nonetheless be a really beneficial member of the squad.
Whereas Ten Hag could have settled on his entrance three to face Brighton, he has loads of different dilemmas notably round whether or not to begin new signings Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez.
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