Manchester United coach, Dutchman Erik ten Hag, reiterated that Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo will remain at Old Trafford despite the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's desire to leave for a club that competes in the Champions League.
The Portuguese striker made his return in a 1-1 friendly draw against Rayo Vallecano last weekend, but made headlines again for leaving Old Trafford Stadium before the end of the game. Ten Hag called his attitude "unacceptable," but also criticized the media for focusing on Ronaldo when other players also acted in the same way.
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"We planned the season with him (Ronaldo). We have a top striker and I am very happy he is here, he is in the team and we stick to that plan," Ten Hag said at the press conference ahead of their Premier League opener against Brighton on Sunday.
"There were a lot of players who left (the stadium), but the focus is on Cristiano and that's not fair," the Dutch coach continued.”I am satisfied with the whole team. There is a good culture and Cristiano is working very hard”.
After a disastrous campaign in which United finished sixth in the Premier League last season, an extensive reshuffle of the squad was expected during the summer market. Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata all departed after the end of their respective contracts, but the Red Devils start the season with just three signings in Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen.
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Manchester United remain interested in Barcelona midfielder, fellow Dutchman Frenkie de Jong, who previously shone under Ten Hag at Ajax, but so far without success. "I cannot comment on a player who is under contract at another club. When we have news, we will let you know," Ten Hag concluded.