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Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Man Utd could have been made clear as club drop huge hint

Manchester United have dropped another massive hint over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club as he continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January

Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United could have been clarified after the club dropped a huge hint.

The 37-year-old had wanted to leave Old Trafford during the summer after United missed out on qualification for the Champions League but was denied a move. He has continued to be linked with a move away in January since, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, although the club do have the option to extend it by a further year.

However, the unveiling of a new mural at Old Trafford appears to have confirmed that Ronaldo will not be allowed to leave mid-season.

Ronaldo has been included in a poster on the side of the stadium displaying the club’s iconic number sevens and also features David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Ella Toone. The Portuguese striker appears in United’s home kit for the current season.

Despite his inclusion in the mural, Ronaldo’s long-term future remains in doubt, with the club yet to confirm if his deal will be extended beyond the end of the campaign.

On the pitch, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner recently returned to the starting line-up after being dropped for the visit to Chelsea after refusing to come on against Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United have unveiled a new iconic number sevens mural (Image: Eamonn and James Clarke)

 

He later apologised for his behaviour, with Erik ten Hag later stating: “I count on Cristiano.” The United boss was also asked if he thinks Ronaldo will stay or if he wants him at the club for rest of the season, to which he answered: “Both.”

Ronaldo even captained the Red Devils away to Aston Villa on Sunday, the first time he has worn the armband in the league this season.

However, he was reportedly Ten Hag’s fourth choice to captain the side, with Harry Maguire on the bench, David de Gea overlooked as he was in goal and Casemiro missing out on the role due to his lack of English.

Ten Hag’s side went on to fall to a 3-1 defeat at Villa Park, with Ronaldo booked during the match and United now three points adrift of the top four.

Erik Ten Hag Happy To Welcome Back Anthony Martial For Manchester United

 

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JULY 23: Erik Ten Hag the head coach / manager of Manchester United and Anthony … [ ]

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has expressed his delight that Anthony Martial is now available for selection again.

The French striker came off the bench as a substitute for the final 25 minutes of United’s 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday, which was his first appearance for nearly a month since having to leave the field with a back injury against Everton last month.

It has been a frustrating season for Martial who has so far only started one of United’s 19 games in the Premier League and Europa League.

He has struggled with both Achilles and back injuries but is fit again and likely to start for United in their Carabao Cup third round tie against Aston Villa on Thursday.

“Anthony Martial was back at Villa so we are happy with that,” Ten Hag said at a press conference on Wednesday.

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“We hope that [on Thursday] he can continue this. He will be in the squad, we have to see, he will have minutes, definitely if he has recovered.”

In his limited playing time this season Martial has still been able to score three goals and contribute two assists.

Ten Hag hopes Martial’s return will bolster his attack, which has been struggling for goals this season and so far only scored 18 in 13 Premier League games.

United’s nine game unbeaten run was ended by Villa on Sunday and the Dutch manager is now hoping his side can immediately bounce back when they face Villa again in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

“We had a good series of games and we played a lot of games after each other,” he said. “I know players are not robots but we were not happy with our performance at Villa Park on Sunday. We made it clear in our analysis: it’s not acceptable, it’s never acceptable.”

 

“We have to deliver every game and that is the culture that has to be here. It’s not good. We can’t change that anymore but it’s clear, we want a reaction on Thursday from the team. We want to get back to what I’ve seen over the last couple of months. A change in attitude, a better winning attitude and we have to bring that on the pitch.”

Even though it is widely seen as the least important competition Ten Hag has declared he still wants to win the Carabao Cup this season

“It’s about the culture…The culture has to be understood by everyone around Manchester United, but the players in particular. We have to win every game. We take every game seriously, also in this cup. We want to win this cup.”

“For every game, we make a proper plan and also a line-up…But of course we have a lot of games to cover, this is a different competition, so we plan some changes but we want to play a strong team and we have only one aim: we have to win and we want to go to the next round.”

“You know you are here at one of the biggest clubs in the world and we want to be the biggest. That is a great challenge and I like it. It gives me energy and I want to give everything to get us back where we belong and that is on the top of the world.”

 

United’s 18-year-old Argentinian winger Alejandro Garnacho made his first start against Real Sociedad in the Europa League a week ago, before then making his first Premier League start against Villa three days later.

“I am open to bringing in young players and you have seen the last couple of games we have brought in Alejandro Garnacho because he deserved it through his performances on the training pitch. If players deserve it and they can contribute to our success, we will bring them in.”

“I’m also open to other players and Manchester United have a big reputation in bringing up young players through the Academy into the first team. So I’m really one who will back that process. I will really be positive in that process.”

“In the end, players have to deserve their chance, players have to contribute because it’s about winning. If they can, we will bring them in.”

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