Erik ten Hag has confirmed his intention to keep ‘giant’ Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United next season.

Erik ten Hag is set to take over as the new Manchester United manager and start his work officially on July 1. However, the Dutchman has decided to arrive early to understand the club and their staff and possibly meet some players. Since the news was confirmed, fans and media have been keen to know what will transpire in Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.

Ronaldo has been heavily criticised many times during the season for his dip in form and Manchester United’s underwhelming displays. The Portuguese superstar has answered his critics in style as he will finish the campaign as the club’s top scorer in all competitions, while on the final matchday, he could add to his tally of 24 goals this term.

His future has been in doubt as many reports suggested the forward could leave for a new challenge. But Ralf Rangnick has urged Manchester United to retain Ronaldo, insisting the striker has done nothing wrong this season. As the weeks pass by, the Portuguese international’s chances of staying put are increasing drastically, with everyone waiting to hear from new boss ten Hag.

Recent reports have suggested that ten Hag wants Ronaldo to continue at the club next season, and the Dutchman has now confirmed that intention. As quoted by Daily Mail, ten Hag suggested he is looking forward to working with the 37-year-old striker and described him as a ‘giant’.

Ten Hag said, “Ronaldo is a giant, because of what he’s already shown, and I think he’s still very ambitious. Of course I would like to keep him. He’s been very important to Manchester United this year and can produce great statistics.”

Ronaldo was recently quoted praising ten Hag, but the Portuguese insisted the new Manchester United manager needs plenty of time to stamp his style and authority with the club.

Ronaldo said, “What I know about him is he did a fantastic job for Ajax, that he’s an experienced coach. But we need to give him time. Things need to change the way he wants. I hope we have success, of course, because, if you have success, all of Manchester is going to have success as well. I wish him the best.”

Erik ten Hag will be keen on meeting with Ronaldo when he arrives early at Manchester United. The new manager will have plenty of work to conclude, especially with selecting new transfer targets and preparing his team for the next season.

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