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Cristiano Ronaldo demands Ten Hag gets time to transform Man Utd

Erik ten Hag inherits a Manchester United squad that will need a major revamp if the Red Devils are to be trophy challengers next season.

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during warm up for the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Ronaldo has declared Erik ten Hag must be given time and freedom to rebuild Manchester United when the Dutchman steps into the Old Trafford top job.

Much is expected of new manager Ten Hag, who will replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.

The Dutchman has been a high achiever in the Netherlands with Ajax and fended off strong competition to land the United post.

Reports have claimed Mauricio Pochettino and Julen Lopetegui were also keen on joining the Red Devils, but United plumped for Ten Hag.

Veteran striker Ronaldo looks set to be a key figure when the new regime get down to work, having scored 24 goals so far for United in the first season of his second spell at the club.

Premier League Player of the Month

The 37-year-old, who won the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for April, says Ten Hag must be afforded the authority to implement whatever changes he considers necessary.

“What I know about him is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach,” Ronaldo said. “But we need to give him time.

“Things need to change the way he wants.

“I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.”

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, quoted on United’s official website, said the appointment should fill everyone involved with the club with optimism.

Poor season at Old Trafford

This season has been a largely dismal one for United, who have missed out on a Champions League place and finished without a major trophy for a fifth successive campaign.

Ten Hag, by contrast, is coming off a championship-winning season in the Dutch Eredivisie.

“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but the supporters as well,” Ronaldo said of 52-year-old Ten Hag’s arrival.

“I wish him the best and let’s believe that, next year, we are going to win trophies.”

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