“Why can’t he do this?” — Erik ten Hag makes Cristiano Ronaldo admission after Liverpool win

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo can adapt to his playing style at Old Trafford.

Man United got their first win in the Premier League this season after they recorded a hard-earned 2-1 win over Liverpool.

Goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were enough for the Red Devils, although Mohamed Salah scored a consolation goal late on in the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of playing a role in United’s inability to play a free-flowing attacking football because he doesn’t press regularly.

Many are suggesting that the 37-year-old cannot provide the type of pressing Erik ten Hag wants from his attackers, and United’s performance against Liverpool without Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup actually proved a point, as the likes of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga and Marcus Rashford made more sprints than Liverpool’s attackers.

However, Erik ten Hag doesn’t think Ronaldo’s age would affect him from adapting to his style of play, and as a result he believes the former Real Madrid and Juventus striker can adapt and perform under him, just like he had to adapt and perform under different managers throughout his career.

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Speaking after the game, the Dutchman said: “I think he can [adapt], and in his whole career and under several managers, he did. Several styles and systems. He always performed. Why can’t he do this?

“His [Cristiano Ronaldo’s] age is not an issue. If you are young, you are good enough, and when you are old, you still deliver the performance, you are also good enough.”

Erik ten Hag also admitted that it was difficult for him to bench Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire against Liverpool.

In the 86th minute, he brought on Cristiano Ronaldo but it wasn’t enough for the striker to make a visible impact.