Cristiano Ronaldo has only commenced one particular of a doable five Premier League online games for Manchester United under new manager Erik ten Hag.
The transfer window slammed shut on Thursday and Ronaldo was nonetheless a Gentleman Utd player.
The Portuguese had been connected with fifty percent of Europe this summer time, his wish to increase his record 140 goals in the Champions League nicely publicised.
He missed United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, and his 1 start off on the return to domestic action was an abject 4- defeat at Brentford – soon after which he snubbed his manager on the way off the pitch.
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Considering the fact that then, Ten hag has most popular to have Marcus Rashford lead the line, with Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga in aid. Requested if Ronaldo has a potential at the club forward of the Arsenal game, he experienced particular circumstances.
‘Cooperation, positioning and fitness’
“As we mentioned, Ronaldo is below,” 10 Hag discussed. “And, as we all know, he didn’t have a pre-season. You can not skip pre-season. It is a base. Specifically with the match we engage in, the way we want to perform.”
United concluded as runners-up to Manchester City under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the season prior to Ronaldo returned, and Ten Hag doesn’t want a repeat of past season’s sixth-put complete.
“We do not engage in in the exact way we did last yr, there is no comparison. This demands cooperation and it requires sure positioning in – and out – of possession. The other matter is his health and fitness.
“But it really is still early in the season. We have a squad. We have additional than 11 players – and that is what you might be seeing now.”
Ronaldo has scored nine goals in 17 profession meetings with Arsenal, as nicely as furnishing two helps, but he could uncover himself on the bench again with the Purple Devils acquiring won three consecutive video games devoid of him.