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Ten Hag tells Ronaldo to improve match fitness after missing pre-season – Sporting Life

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Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag said Cristiano Ronaldo could fit into his style of . but that the forward would need to build up his fitness before getting the chance to prove he deserves a place in the team.

Ronaldo did not join United’s squad for their pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia and was left out of a friendly defeat to Atletico Madrid, but .ed 45 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

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Asked if the Portugal international can fit into his vision of how he wants United to ., Ten Hag told Sky Sports: “I think he can.

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“But to start with he has to get fit, he’s just started.

“He is a fantastic football .er, he proved it so many times, but you can always be judged on what you are now, what you are presenting now, performing now.”

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Ronaldo’s future at United has been the subject of intense speculation after British media reported that the 37-year-old told the club that he wanted to leave so he can . in the Champions League.

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United, who will . in the second-tier Europa League this term, open their Premier League campaign on Sunday against Brighton & Hove Albion.

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