the athletic it has now been reported that Ronaldo had even left Old Trafford before the full-time whistle was blown, leading many to wonder how the former Real Madrid star will be treated. The striker reportedly wanted to leave United over the summer, and it remains to be seen if he will be granted that wish in January.
Asked by Amazon Prime if he saw Ronaldo leave, Ten Hag said: “I was there, I saw him, but I didn’t speak to him. I don’t pay attention to that, I’ll deal with it tomorrow. I want to keep the focus on the team.”
It remains to be seen how Ten Hag ‘deals’ with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, although Warnock has weighed in on how he would treat the striker. He said talkSPORT: “If it wasn’t Ronaldo, I’d be tempted to say to his teammates, ‘Look, he has to leave in January, can I let him go now? Can I send it home to Portugal now? And we will continue with what we have.
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“I think it has really helped Ten Hag, him doing that, because now he has sympathy and whatever he does, it can’t go wrong now, so I think it was good for the manager. Anyone but Ronaldo would have let him go home.
“I wouldn’t have talked to him last night (Wednesday), I wouldn’t have said a word. I would have come in and praised the guys and how good they were and ‘that’s how we have to be’ and probably flippantly told Ronaldo ‘I’ll see you tomorrow at 10am’ if it’s his day off, hopefully, for which ruins his day off. That’s what I would have done.”
Ronaldo pushed for a move over the summer, with his agent, Jorge Mendes, even holding talks with clubs to discuss the possibility of a transfer. Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid were all linked with the Portuguese international, although none of them made a concrete offer for his services.
Ten Hag insisted that Ronaldo was not for sale during the sale, although the good form of his current strikers, coupled with Anthony Martial returning to form, could change the former Ajax manager’s mind. Although it remains to be seen if a club presents an offer.
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