Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag opened up on Cristiano Ronaldo during his first news conference. Ten Hag met with the media less than 24 hours after he watched their 1-0 defeat in the Premier League against Crystal Palace from the stands. He arrives from Ajax where they won the three league titles in the last four years. The Dutchman also confirmed the appointments of Mitchell van der Gaarg and Steve McLaren as part of his backroom team.
“Of course. Goals!” Erik ten Hag said when asked what Cristiano Ronaldo will add to the team. “I talk first with Ronaldo before I talk with you.”
“Next season is a different season, he is a great player. He already achieved a lot and also [made a] contribution to Man Utd. I am looking forward to working with him,” he added about Harry Maguire.
“In this moment, I admire them both. They play really fantastic football, both Liverpool and Man City. But you always see an era can come to an end and I’m looking forward to battling with them,” he added. “And I am sure all the other clubs in the Premier League want to do that.”
“I have heard what he said, but I draw my own line. I am convinced that this is not the case. I spoke with the directors about it, but football is [priority] one, two, and three in this club,” he said about Van Gaal calling Manchester United a commercial club. “Every club these days is commercial, every club needs it, you need the revenues to be at the top. So to do it is necessary but football is one, two, and three in this football club.”
“I want to build and construct a team who are battling for each other, who are unified, and who will get results. Also, we are playing in the Theatre of Dreams,” he concluded. “We want to entertain. But in the end, the intention is to play fantastic football. If we can’t play fantasy football, we still have to win.”