Erik ten Hag will wait to make a decision on starting Cristiano Ronaldo at Brentford until tomorrow morning after the Portuguese star’s “good week in training” with Anthony Martial still injured.
- Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to play for Brentford
- However, he has not said whether the 37-year-old will start the game on Saturday
- Ronaldo was left out of the starting XI for Man United’s 2-1 defeat at Brighton
- Ten Hag said Ronaldo was not fit enough because he had missed pre-season training
Erik ten Hag has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to play against Brentford, but said he will make a decision on whether the 37-year-old will start on Saturday morning.
The Manchester United striker was left out of the starting line-up for the Ten Hag’s first Premier League game at Old Trafford – Brighton’s embarrassing 2-1 defeat.
Ten Hag decided to start Ronaldo on the bench as he said the Portuguese star was not fit enough after missing most of United’s pre-season campaign due to family reasons.
Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to play against Brentford
However, Ten Hag introduced Ronaldo in the second half of the match, replacing Fred in the 53rd minute. However, he could not make an impact as the Red Devils could not find an equaliser.
In his pre-match press conference, Ten Hag were asked if Ronaldo was fit enough to play for United against Brentford on Saturday.
The United manager confirmed he had trained well during the week but refused to say whether Ronaldo would start his second Premier League game.
Ronaldo was left out of the starting line-up for Ten Hag’s first Premier League game in charge
Speaking about Ronaldo, Ten Hag said: “He’s had a good week in training. He’s played just over half an hour so he’s got two half days.
Ten Hag felt Ronaldo was unfit as he missed most of United’s pre-season
Ten Hag added: “See you tomorrow [Saturday] about starting at 11. It’s my decision and I stand by it’.
If Ronaldo is again named as a substitute on Saturday, it will be the first time since 2005 that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been on the bench in back-to-back Premier League games for United.
Ten Hag also confirmed that Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof would be missing from United’s squad through injury.
The United manager ruled out any possibility of Marcus Rashford leaving to join Paris Saint-Germain.
Ten Hag said: “He’s a very important player, you’ve seen that since the first day I’ve been here, I’m very happy with him. I don’t want to lose him, he’s certainly in our plans at Manchester United.”
United suffered a disappointing defeat in their opening game of the 2022-2023 Premier League season.
Victor Lindelof and Anthony Martial will miss Saturday’s game
United suffered a disappointing defeat in their first game of the 2022-2023 season
They won 2-1 at home against Brighton. Ten Hag admitted he was disappointed with the result, but said it’s “normal” to lose when you start a “new” game system.
Asked how they would learn from the Brighton defeat, Ten Hag said: “What I always do after every game: I analyze the game, what went well, what went wrong, where we can improve, what we need to do .improve, how we can train and tell the players and show them how to improve to get solutions.
“We learned a lot but I think it’s normal, when you start the season, this part is the same, the team comes together, how we are playing, a new start and you make mistakes, football is a game of mistakes. We know that we have to improve in many things, of course.’
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