Cristiano Ronaldo hints at Manchester United future and breaks silence on Erik ten Hag

Cristiano Ronaldo insists he is still happy at Manchester United and is looking forward to working under new manager Erik ten Hag.

The great Ronaldo, 37, scored 24 goals in his first season at the club after 12 years and could receive his fourth Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award on Saturday.

There have been doubts over Ronaldo’s future after United failed to qualify for the Champions League, a competition in which Ronaldo has played for 19 consecutive seasons and won five times. Ronaldo is under contract with United until next year, with the option of a further year.

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However, in a video released by United, Ronaldo described his happiness and stressed that Ten Hag needed time to implement the changes needed to restore United to credible strength.

“I know he has done a fantastic job for Ajax and is an experienced coach, but we have to give him time and things have to change the way he wants,” said Ronaldo.

“I hope we are successful, of course, because if you are successful, all of Manchester will be successful as well, so I wish him the best.

“We are happy and excited, not only the players but also the fans. I wish him the best and believe that next year we will win trophies.

“I was happy of course, to be back at a club that really lifted my career so it was amazing, the feeling when I came back, it was nice to feel the supporters, their happiness was great. J was and still am very happy to be here.

“And what I have to say to the fans is that they are amazing even when you lose games, they always support us, they are always with us, the fans are always in my heart and they are the people we should all respect because they are always on our side.

“For me the most important thing is to try to win the games and try to win a league or a cup, but I think Manchester will be where they belong.

“As I said before, sometimes it takes time but I always believe.”