EPL: Erik ten Hag given one condition to allow Cristiano Ronaldo stay at Manchester United

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Former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson has given Manchester United boss, Erik ten Hag a condition he should consider before keeping Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.

He said the Dutchman should only keep Ronaldo at Old Trafford if he has made provisions for the types of players who can play pressing football and supply passes for him [Ronaldo] to score goals.

Ronaldo has reportedly told Manchester United hierarchy to allow him leave the club this summer following their lack of Champions League football next season.

The Portugal international and captain has been linked with a move to Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.    

The former Real Madrid and Juventus man has been training alone, having failed to join the club’s preseason tour of Asia and Australia over ‘family issues’.

“The first thing you look at with Cristiano Ronaldo is his goals. It’s whether the manager thinks - yes, he’s not going to press but have you got enough players in the team who will press for him?” Lawrenson told Paddy Power.

“And if you have, you keep him, because there’s no doubt about it when you give him the chance, he scores.

“With Ten Hag’s own men in the dressing room, it completely changes the dynamic.

“There were fractures in the dressing room last season – that was there for everyone to see.”

Lawrenson noted that the 37-year-old football icon is someone who just enjoys scoring goals and is bound to score more than he did last season with Ten Hag’s calm dressing room.m.


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