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Ten Hag warned he could lose the dressing room in a nanosecond with Cristiano Ronaldo decision

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Ten Hag warned he could lose the dressing room in a nanosecond with Cristiano Ronaldo decision

According to Garth Crooks, Erik ten Hag risks losing his place in the  Manchester United  dressing room if he gives in to Cristiano Ronaldo and the pressure to select him.

Ronaldo is gradually regaining fitness, and his presence will loom large if he fails to secure a move away from Old Trafford this summer.

The 37-year-old striker only played 45 minutes of pre-season and came off the bench in United’s 2-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Before suffering a hamstring injury last week, Anthony Martial was set to start the season as Ten Hag’s first-choice striker.

Given his inability to press high for the duration of a game, there have been significant doubts about Ten Hag’s style of play flourishing at United with Ronaldo in the side.

He could start against Brentford on Saturday if Martial does not recover in time, and he will demand a starting spot if he starts firing.

Crooks, on the other hand, believes Ten Hag risks losing the dressing room if he abandons his philosophy to accommodate Ronaldo this season.

He has urged United to let go of the Portuguese legend if a suitable offer comes in, despite the commercial value he provides the club.

He told BBC Sport: “United want to retain Ronaldo’s worldwide commercial value, but that might come at a price the club simply can’t afford. Let’s be clear.

” You cannot build a team around a 37-year-old, no matter how good he is on occasions.

“With Champions League football already off the table, all that United can offer the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is automatic selection if the player is fit to play. 

“Should Erik ten Hag concede to such demands and put commercialism before team selection, he will lose the dressing room in a nanosecond. That’s why United must cut Ronaldo loose now.”

Ronaldo appears set to stay at United beyond the summer transfer window, owing to the club’s desire to keep him and a lack of concrete interest in his services.

In order to continue his Champions League legacy this season, Jorge Mendes has offered him to Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea, among others.

However, European heavyweights have distanced themselves, and Ronaldo turned down a two-year deal in Saudi Arabia worth more than £200 million.

However, if Ten Hag is committed to the Red Devils, he may face a dilemma in trying to maintain the support of his new teammates.

Ten Hag warned he could lose the dressing room in a nanosecond with Cristiano Ronaldo decision

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