Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Manchester United squad

Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Man United squad for Thursday’s Europa League match with Sheriff, confirms Erik ten Hag, after the star backpedaled on his battle of wills with the manager’s dismissal.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo will participate in the Man United game on Thursday night
  • They face the Moldovan team Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League at Old Trafford
  • Erik ten Hag dropped Ronaldo after he left the pitch early in Tottenham’s win
  • The 37-year-old missed the 1-1 draw at Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
  • But he returned to team training on Tuesday after talks with the coach.
  • Ten Hag wanted Ronaldo to appreciate that he had been wrong

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Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the Manchester United squad for their UEFA Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday night, manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed.

The Portuguese star was ruled out of United’s squad for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea after petulantly walking through the tunnel before the end of their win over Tottenham at Old Trafford and refusing to come on as a substitute.

Ronaldo backpedaled on his battle of wills with Ten Hag after they held talks and he rejoined training with the team at Carrington on Tuesday, having been forced to do physical work alone.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to team training on Tuesday, will be in the Manchester United squad for their Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday night.

Ronaldo had been banished from the first-team picture after his departure from Old Trafford last week.

Ronaldo refused to enter and left Old Trafford before full time in a 2-0 win over Spurs.

Ten Hag was reluctant to discuss the Ronaldo issue at his Wednesday lunchtime news conference, but confirmed he would be in the squad on Thursday night.

“Yes, Cristiano will be in the team tomorrow,” said Ten Hag.

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‘Is not difficult. I think we said everything, we answered all the questions. He was out for a game and now he’s back in the squad.

Ten Hag wanted to make sure Ronaldo accepted the snub was wrong after the player admitted acting “in the heat of the moment”.

Erik ten Hag will feel his authority has improved after Ronaldo returned to the line

Manchester United matches

Thursday Sheriff Tiraspol (H)

Europa League group stage

Sunday West Ham (H)

November 3 Royal Society (A)

Europa League group stage

November 6th Aston Villa (A)

November 10 Aston Villa (H)

Third round of the Carabao Cup

November 13 Fulham (A)

The two men are said to have been in constant dialogue over the past few days and Ten Hag was satisfied enough with what he heard that Ronaldo was back in the fold yesterday morning when the players resumed training after two days off.

It’s a significant victory for Ten Hag, who was left with no choice but to punish United’s most outstanding player for defying his authority.

The Dutchman must now hope that Ronaldo stays in line, at least until the January transfer window, when his future at Old Trafford can be reassessed.

The 37-year-old still wants to leave and United would be willing to let him go if they can sign a replacement.

Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is believed to have spoken with Newcastle in recent days, but finding an alternative club for the former Real Madrid and Juventus star midway through the season may prove difficult.

For Ronaldo, too, it was important to end the incident and return to action, with Portugal’s first World Cup match against Ghana less than a month away.

United will confirm themselves in the top two of their Europa League group if they win, draw or avoid defeat by more than one goal on Thursday night.

However, they need to win for their Matchday 6 away encounter with Spanish side Real Sociedad to be decisive for top spot, which would prevent them from facing a Champions League drop out in the play-off round.



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