With two weeks to go until the start of the Premier League, Eric ten Hag has stated that Manchester United can’t wait for Cristiano Ronaldo – and they can’t experience much either.
And he says in the press conference the day before Manchester United ended his tour in Australia with a training match against Aston Villa.
We don’t have much time, we should be ready by August 7, says Ten Hag.
In the last training match against Crystal Palace, the Dutchman made only one change in the first half, when Donny van de Beek replaced Scott McTominay. The rest of the supposed first eleven played over an hour in a 3-1 win.
I can’t give all the young players the chance they might deserve, because we have to put together a team. I have to give priority, but in the future they will play an important role when it comes to building the club, says the Manchester United boss.
Only 15 players got a chance from the start in three training matches against Liverpool, Melbourne Victory and Crystal Palace. Other reserves and youth had to contend with going inland.
At the top, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial all started with the exception of the one match in which Anthony Ilanga played instead of Rashford.
– They work well together. When you see something like this, you are in luck as a manager. We have threats and we have weapons. We have to improve and develop every day, says Ten Hag of our favorite front quad.
Only when the team returns to Manchester will Erik ten Hag have the opportunity to incorporate new signings Lisandro Martinez and Christian Eriksen into the squad.
At the same time, Cristiano Ronaldo is still not part of the team’s pre-season, which Ten Hag admits is not ideal.
Of course, but anxiety is probably not the right word. I focus on the players who are here. They are working well and in good shape so I’d prefer to upgrade that. The Dutchman says I can’t wait for him.
It seems that the future of the Portuguese is still in the blue. The Manchester United manager says the situation is the same as last week.
Previously, the Manchester United manager said that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and that it is part of the club’s plans. When the team traveled to Thailand, the Portuguese were not there. Tin Hag stated that this was due to “personal reasons”.
Where will Manchester United end this season?
Ahead of Saturday’s game, Ten Hag said the club was counting on reinforcements if they wanted to succeed.
We need more options offensively. I think it will be Alpha and Omega if you want to succeed, because the season is very long. We still have time to fill the void, he says.
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