Erik ten Hag shuts down Cristiano Ronaldo question as Man United arrive in Melbourne
‘We have made a statement and nothing has changed’: Erik ten Hag closes Cristiano Ronaldo question as Man United arrive in Melbourne for the final leg of their pre-season tour with the Portuguese star still absent and his future at Old Trafford uncertain
- Man United have arrived in Melbourne for the second leg of their pre-season trip
- Erik ten Hag was not in the mood to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future
- Portuguese star is currently absent from the trip for compassionate reasons
- Ten Hag has previously insisted that Ronaldo will not be sold this summer
- Ronaldo has asked to leave Old Trafford if a suitable offer is received for him
Erik ten Hag was in no mood to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future when Manchester United’s pre-season tour arrived in Melbourne.
The Portuguese star is not traveling amid speculation about his future at Old Trafford and the Dutch coach made short work of a press conference question about the 37-year-old’s plans.
“We have made a statement and nothing has changed,” Ten Hag said before Friday’s friendly against A-League outfit Melbourne Victory in the MCG.
Erik ten Hag was in no mood to answer questions about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future as Manchester United arrived in Melbourne for the second stop on their pre-season tour
Ronaldo is absent from tour on compassionate ground amid speculation about his future
United continue to insist Ronaldo will not leave the club, but it is not clear whether he will join the rest of the squad on their three-day Australian leg of the tour.
Prior to United’s 4-0 win over Liverpool earlier this week in Bangkok, Ten Hag slammed the door on Ronaldo’s attempts to leave Old Trafford.
Ronaldo has asked to leave United, who will play Europa League football in the coming season, should the right offer come in and he is not on tour after being given compassionate leave for personal reasons.
Ten Hag said in Bangkok: ‘We plan for Cristiano Ronaldo for the season and that’s it. I look forward to working with him. Cristiano is not for sale. He is in our plans and we want success together.’
The Dutch coach added: ‘He is not with us and that is because of personal problems.
“I spoke to him before this issue came up. I had a conversation with him and I had a good conversation. That’s between Cristiano and me.
Ronaldo fans in Bangkok didn’t see Ronaldo in action as United beat Liverpool 4-0
Ronaldo, 37, has yet to return to pre-season with Manchester United due to family reasons
“What I can confirm is that we had a very good conversation together. I haven’t spoken to him since (the news).’
In the absence of Ronaldo, Anthony Martial, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, led the charge and scored in the win over Liverpool. He was replaced at half time by youngster Amad Diallo.
If Ronaldo left for just one year in what could be a second three-year stint at United, they could potentially run short on goals after the Portuguese scored 24 times last season.
The only other United player to reach double figures was Bruno Fernandes with 10 goals, including Marcus Rashford and Edinson Cavani.
Ronaldo, 37, proved that class is permanent with 24 goals in all competitions for United last season
United look no closer to signing a striker but insist Ronaldo is not going anywhere.
United got off to an encouraging start to the season preparation against Liverpool and are now in Australia for three games.
They take on A-League side Victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, then play Crystal Palace at the same venue on Tuesday before heading to Perth to face Aston Villa on July 23.
A friendly with Atletico Madrid in Oslo on July 30 and then Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford the following day round out their preseason before the Premier League kicks off at home in Brighton on August 7.