Erik ten Hag has declared he “expects” Cristiano Ronaldo to be “at the right fitness levels” and ready to fight for Manchester United’s cause as the Red Devils boss considers whether or not to start the wantaway superstar against Brentford on Saturday. The Dutchman reiterated that the 37-year-old remains part of United’s plans this season despite his wish to depart in order to play Champions League football this campaign.
Ten Hag called upon Ronaldo shortly after the half-time interval in United’s 2-1 home defeat to Brighton last weekend and it’s thought the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could well be deployed from the off against the Bees at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday, despite continued uncertainty surrounding the striker’s future. Ronaldo is understood to have made clear his desire to depart Old Trafford this summer, however Ten Hag insists “that’s not what he is telling me”.
The United boss then went on to reiterate that Ronaldo remains a part of his plans this season while calling for the famed forward to “do the job expected of him” despite incessant speculation linking the Portuguese talisman with a move away. Ten Hag declared: “In every press conference, we already confirmed that he is in our plans. We plan with him so we also plan around him.
“So I deal with the players we have and we plan with him for this season. We’re happy with him and we have to fit him into the team so he has to come at the right fitness levels so that he can do the job that we expect him to do.”
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