Erik ten Hag to be ‘friend’ and ‘teacher’ for Ronaldo as fitness issues remain | Manchester United

Erik ten Hag has said he will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s friend or teacher depending on what is required to manage him productively for the team, but the Manchester United manager has concerns about the 37-year-old’s fitness.

“I will be his friend and sometimes I will be his teacher. It depends on the situation,” said Ten Hag of the striker who failed to secure his exit from the club in the summer transfer window. However the manager is troubled by Ronaldo missing most of pre-season because of a family matter.

“As we all know he didn’t have the pre-season and you cannot miss the…

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