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Erik ten Hag has allowed Cristiano Ronaldo back into the fold after Man Utd star met manager’s one demand

Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag held showdown talks with Cristiano Ronaldo at Carrington on Tuesday and he returned to training with the first-team squad afterwards

Cristiano Ronaldo returned to training with Manchester United’s first-team squad today – after being banished by Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo was dropped for United’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea and made to train away from the squad after refusing to come on in last Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford. But after clear-the-air talks with Ten Hag, Ronaldo resumed training with the first-team group and is in contention to start Thursday’s Europa League tie at home Sheriff Tiraspol at Old Trafford.

United sources said Ten Hag and Ronaldo had been in constant dialogue since the decision was taken to drop the forward for the Chelsea game and exclude him from training for three days. Ten Hag made it clear he would not tolerate Ronaldo’s public show of dissent and decided to make an example of United’s most high-profile player, to show such conduct cannot be tolerated.

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to first-team training after clear-the-air talks with Erik ten Hag

The United boss said: “We set certain standards. That is for any player. He has to live, as anyone else, along certain standards and the standards we set this season.

“When I got appointed, I talked to the directors about the culture, top sport culture, standards, and that’s why they appointed me.

“They did some background checks and we had talks about how I lead, what my personality is, how I do it in a strategic way and about my standards and leadership. That’s what it’s about.

“To get a top sports culture and to set the highest standards, we have to live by them. That’s what we do at the moment. It’s about the club. I have to take decisions in the interests of the club and the team especially, that’s my job.

“It doesn’t matter who it is, the age or reputation. The expectations of Manchester United are really high. The ambitions are high. Our fans, all of our stakeholders, expect results, so you have to act to certain standards and work every day on that.”

Source: Mirror

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