Erik ten Hag confirms tactical issue Cristiano Ronaldo must contend with once again at Manchester United

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Erik ten Hag confirms tactical issue Cristiano Ronaldo must contend with once again at Manchester United
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Erik ten Hag will not waver over his committment to high-pressing football despite his intention to make Cristiano Ronaldo a key player at Manchester United.

Fans have long debated the 37-year-old’s suitably to the tactic, which will become a common theme of Ten Hag’s time at Old Trafford after his arrival earlier in the summer.

“I cannot talk about what is in the past,” he told PA. “I know only that I have my ideas, how I bring structure in a team and I do it in every topic of football.

“For me, pressing is an important factor. If you want to have initiative in a game I think it's necessary. If you do that in a high block or in a low block, that is a tactic that can be both ways.

“I prefer to do it in a high way, in high pressing, but it will not always be the case. There's also situations, games that you are lower. But what I demand from my team is that they press.”

Ten Hag, 52, reiterated his desire to keep Ronaldo at United with potential buyers drying up for the Portuguese striker.

One player who could arrive before the transfer window shuts is Frenkie de Jong of Barcelona, who the manager believes would be a “necessary” addition to complete his midfield.

“I think we have already good midfield players,” Ten Hag said. “With the signing of Christian Eriksen, I am really happy and he will strengthen the midfield.

“But that type of player you describe [in De Jong] I think is necessary in the squad. Of course we have players who can fill it in. And we will do it if we cannot find the right player, we will develop a player in that position.”

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