Pundit reveals how Ronaldo will play key role for Ten Hag in Man Utd recruitment tactic

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Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo watches his team-mates Credit: PA Images
Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo watches his team-mates Credit: PA Images

Cristiano Ronaldo will play a key role at Man Utd next season as Ten Hag looks to bring in young players in the transfer market, according to former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn.

Ten Hag began work at Man Utd on Monday following months of speculation with the Dutchman looking to get a head start on sorting the “make-up of the staff and the composition of the squad”.

The signings of Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho were meant to take the club towards challenging for the Premier League title this season but it has been a disastrous.

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The Red Devils could finish as low as seventh if West Ham beat Brighton and Man Utd lose or draw against Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season.

And Winterburn thinks it is “unsustainable” for Man Utd to throw £100m at individual players and reckons Ten Hag will now look to youth.

The former Arsenal defender told Paddy Power: “No club can continue chucking £100 million on individual players, it’s unsustainable. Going forward, Manchester United will look for players to be brought through the youth team and look at those younger players that are good value and can take the club forward and handle the atmosphere of the club.

“If the rumours are true, that Ten Hag wants to bring the young players from Ajax, then it makes sense because he knows those players and their temperament.

“He’ll want to establish his style of play; he knows the type of players he wants to bring in that will suit his style of play so you can never make a judgement until the manager is in there and has made his signings.

“Sometimes you think you’ll have found the perfect match for your club, but he turns out to be a complete flop. And other times, you take a player you think might do a job, and suddenly, he springs to life and steps up to a level we didn’t know he was capable of.

“It’s going to be a very interesting summer at Manchester United in terms of the players they’ll get rid of and the players they’ll bring in and how quickly the manager implements a system that gets the fans back on board again.”

There were rumours that Ronaldo could leave Old Trafford if Man Utd failed to qualify for the Champions League but Winterburn reckons he will stay and help the younger players develop.

Winterburn added: “Manchester United won’t just bring Cristiano Ronaldo in for one season and ship him out so quickly, it just won’t happen.

“He still offers huge value to Manchester United, and we’ve seen that in his goalscoring record. His age is but a number. He has huge experience, and he could play an important role if United opt to go down the younger route in setting an example of how to train and play, as well as what it means to win and lose.

“He can help those younger players around the training ground and if he can accept that, he might be used in a slightly different way and have less game time.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s still there. If you have someone of his quality, you have to use them and use them in the right system. I believe there’s a role for him to play next season at United, he’s a superstar.

“Sometimes we have to forget the players age, it’s the mentality and the desire on the pitch that still counts the most, not the age.”

 

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