Erik ten Hag reveals what he told Cristiano Ronaldo at halftime after vs West Ham United

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has revealed that he told Cristiano Ronaldo at halftime to remain on the front foot during the West Ham United game.

After Anthony Martial failed to be available of the game due to an injury, Ten Hag decided to start Ronaldo again against the Hammers and the Portuguese star’s performance in the first half was eye-catching.

His pressing obviously forced West Ham into giving a string of sloppy passes in the first half, which was something Ten Hag applauded to.

The Dutchman advised Ronaldo at halftime against dropping to the midfield as he wanted the 37-year-old to be higher up the pitch and wait for the midfield and defence to regain possession again.

Speaking on Ronaldo’s performance, the former Ajax manager told Sky Sports: “I think he [Cristiano Ronaldo] did quite well. He leads the pressing in the first half, linked up.

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“I said at half-time, don’t come down too quick, [wait for a] later moment. First, let the midfield and the defence do the work.

“Then in the latest moment, drop eventually out to attract players or to get yourself the freedom to be creative, to score a goal or to give the final pass.”

Marcus Rashford scored the lone goal halfway through the first half to mark his 100th career club goal.