Coach Ten Hag removes Ronaldo from Man Utd leadership group
British media revealed one more detail that shows that Cristiano Ronaldo’s role is no longer important at United.
The Telegraph reported that coach Erik ten Hag handed over the leadership of the team to a group of 4 players including captain Harry Maguire, vice-captain Bruno Fernandes and 2 goalkeepers David de Gea – Tom Heaton.
The English newspaper said that Ronaldo’s absence further shows the desire to leave the club in January 2023 of the Portuguese superstar.
On October 4, this source also confirmed that coach Ten Hag will let Ronaldo leave in the 2023 winter transfer window if he receives a suitable offer.
CR7 had wanted to join a club that could compete in the Champions League over the summer but failed.
Many teams in Europe turned down the opportunity to own CR7, despite his agent Jorge Mendes actively seeking a new berth for his client.
At the press conference ahead of the match against Omonia in the 3rd leg of the Europa League on the night of 6/10, coach Ten Hag said: “Ronaldo wants to play in the Manchester derby and is very angry when he has to sit out.
But on the training ground, he didn’t show any exasperation and still trained well.”
Ronaldo is one of 8 players out of contract with MU in the summer of 2023.
The rest of the first-team names include David De Gea, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Fred and Diogo Dalot.
Coach Ten Hag is expected to spend 6 weeks, from now until the start of the 2022 World Cup, to reassess the quality of this group of players.
By January 2023, Ronaldo is free to negotiate with the new team. So far, no club has sent an official proposal to United.
During the pre-match training session against Omonia on 5/10, the happy atmosphere returned to the MU players.
Coach Ten Hag expects his students to recover quickly after a 3-6 defeat to City on October 2 at the Etihad Stadium.
After the match against Omonia, the “Red Devils” will face Everton away on October 10.