We’ll see on Sunday – Eric Ten Hag Coy About Cristiano Ronaldo’s Availability

Eric ten Haag was concerned about Cristiano Ronaldo’s availability for Manchester United’s season opener, but reiterated that the unwanted striker is part of his plans for the new season.

He is keen to leave Old Trafford again a year ago at the 37-year-old club, having won trophies during his first spell.

Ronaldo, playing his first 45 minutes before the new campaign in United’s final warm-up friendly against Rio Vallecano last Sunday, missed pre-season tours of Thailand and Australia due to a family issue.

Asked if the Portuguese would play in the Premier League’s first match against Brighton, Ten Haag said: “We will see on Sunday.”

Ronaldo was among several players who left Rayo early – what the manager told a Dutch broadcaster was “unacceptable” by those involved.

Ten Haag said, “Now I have to point out – who left but there were many players who left, but the focus is on Cristiano and that’s not right.”

“So I guess then do your research and drop many players, that’s what was said.

“Well, but I don’t understand what the relationship is. He was part of it. Then, there were a lot of players.”

When asked about Ronaldo’s status at the club, Ten Haag said: “I am really happy.


Anthony Marshall is injured (Anthony Devlin / PA)

“I told you before, we make plans with the season (with him). We have a top striker and I am really happy that he is here, he is in the team and we are sticking to that plan.”

Ten Haag was furious when asked further questions about Ronaldo as he focused on the collective rather than the individuals.

“You mention it, you fix them, then move on,” he said of the Rayo issue.

When asked about Ronaldo’s way of training, Ten Haag said: “I’m satisfied with the whole team. We’re working on a good, good culture and Cristiano is working really hard and hard.”

A hamstring injury picked up by Anthony Martial had raised the chances of Ronaldo being included against Brighton.

I am satisfied with the whole team. We’re working on good, good culture, and Cristiano is working really hard and hardEric Ten Haig on Cristiano Ronaldo

The France forward, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, looked lively when positioned at the heart of the attack during the pre-season.

“Yeah (he’s out),” said Ten Hag. “It’s always hard to say (time scales). I hope it won’t be too long.”

Marshall’s injury has underscored the lack of attacking options at United – an area Ten Haag said at the start of the pre-season they were hoping to improve.

Christian Eriksson has arrived, but the club is still pushing for reinforcements, with Barcelona midfielder Frankie de Jong chasing down.

“We want Frankie? I don’t know,” said Ten Haag, laughing.

“It is about the right players and there are many, but I cannot comment on a player who is under contract at another club. When we have news, we will bring it.

United have brought in Tyrell Malaysia and Lysandro Martinez as well as Ericsson in this window so far.

Asked if he expects more players to come by now, he said: “It will be a good situation but I have a team and I am happy with the current team. I think they are making good progress.”

“I am happy with the signing so far. We don’t just need any players, you need the right players and that is the point we are working on together.”