Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has reportedly made a transfer U-turn on Cristiano Ronaldo, thanks to latest development at the club.
Ten Hag has regularly told press that he wants Ronaldo to stay put at Man United and even described the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as a ‘giant’.
The Portuguese striker made it obvious at the end of last season that he’s keen on leaving the club this summer for a Champions League club but Ten Hag has always insisted that the 37-year-old is not for sale.
However, Ronaldo’s attitude at Manchester United has not been welcomed by the Dutchman, and the former Ajax manager condemned Cristiano Ronaldo’s behiavour to leave the pitch at half-time during their last friendly game against Rayo Vallecano last month.
After the final whistle at Brentford on Saturday, Ten Hag’s assistant coach Steve McClaren ordered Cristiano Ronaldo to join his team-mates to apologise to the away fans but the forward disobeyed and walked straight into the tunnel while he flapped his arm about.
Reports emerged this week that the former Real Madrid forward has been seen flapping his arms about in training and attempting to argue against the high-pressing approach favoured by Erik ten Hag, a character the Dutch tactician has clearly stated that he cannot tolerate at Old Trafford.
According to The Athletic, Erik ten Hag has decided he would let Cristiano Ronaldo leave Manchester United this summer if he signs a new striker.
United are interested in signing Cody Gakpo from PSV this summer but nothing has been agreed at the moment.
Ronaldo has featured in United’s opening two Premier League matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford and did not impress as Man United lost both games 2-1 and 4-0 respectively.