Since Erik ten Hag became the Manchester United manager, there has been plenty of speculation over whether Cristiano Ronaldo can fit in with the Dutchman’s preferred style of play. Ronaldo’s apparent desire to leave the club hasn’t helped matters, with him missing the pre-season tour and showing up to Carrington on his return with agent Jorge Mendes. Sir Alex Ferguson was also present at the meeting

Turning 38-years-old this season, it’s hard to see how Ronaldo will suddenly become a player who actively presses, but Ten Hag, speaking with Sky Sports, reckons the legendary forward can prove himself capable.

I think he can. It starts with him getting fit because he’s only just started. He is a fantastic football player, and he has proved it so many times, but you are always judged on what you are presenting now and how you are performing now. So, the team and Cristiano himself has to prove it.