£31.5m star 'will stay' at Old Trafford under Ten Hag

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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at the club and ‘give it a crack’ under incoming manager Erik ten Hag, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner re-joined the Red Devils in the summer from Juventus in a deal potentially rising to £19.8m if certain add-ons are met after 12 years away from the club.

What is the latest news involving Ronaldo?

It was hoped that Ronaldo would be the catalyst needed to propel United to their first Premier League title since 2013 after they finished in second place last term.

However, things have not gone to plan for the 20-time English champions or the immensely talented 37-year-old.

Despite Ronaldo registering 22 goals and three assists in 36 appearances across all competitions, United are currently lingering in sixth position in the top-flight table and are out of all the cup competitions.

There have even been suggestions that the Portugal international’s presence has hindered the Old Trafford outfit at times, with his lack of mobility meaning his teammates have to adjust their style of play to accommodate his weaknesses.

And The Mirror have claimed that Ronaldo, who is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt, will be allowed to leave the red half of Manchester for a second time if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

What has Jones said about Ronaldo?

Jones believes that Ronaldo will ‘adapt’ under Ten Hag, though, and attempt to make a success of things during his second stint with United.

He told GiveMeSport: “Ronaldo has always adapted to the game; he’s always grown with however the game was changing.

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“And one of those factors is that managers change, managers are younger, and managers have different levels of experience as a player and as a coach.

“But for all we know, this guy might be the next best thing in world football, so I’m sure that Ronaldo will at least give it a crack.”

How well has Ronaldo been performing?

As per FBref, Ronaldo has ranked in the 98th percentile for pass completion, 95th for total shots and 93rd for non-penalty goals amongst players in his position over the last year.

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Nevertheless, he has also ranked in the 30th percentile for assists and the first for pressures, highlighting his weaknesses in the final third of the pitch.

It remains to be seen whether Ten Hag intends to keep Ronaldo next term or not, but if used in the right way, he could still be a valuable asset to the Dutch tactician.

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