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He’s p***ed off when he’s not playing: Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo transfer reports



Close-up shot of Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo during a pre-match warm-up

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag insists Cristiano Ronaldo is committed to the cause as doubts continue to hang over the 37-year-old’s future at the club.

Ronaldo wanted to leave Old Trafford this summer, citing United’s lack of Champions League football, but a transfer never materialised. The Portuguese icon is now in the second and final year of the two-year contract he signed when he joined the Red Devils from Juventus. (opens in a new tab).

It was reported earlier this week that United would not stop Ronaldo from leaving in January if a suitable offer was made, but Ten Hag is happy with the striker’s attitude.

Ten Hag says Ronaldo is training well (Image credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League trip to Omonia Nicosia on Thursday, the United manager said (opens in a new tab): “[Ronaldo]is really competitive, as we all know. He is not happy when he does not play. But I’ve said it before and I have to say it again: he trains well; he is in a good mood; he is motivated and he gives his best. That’s what we expect.”