When United wrap up their preseason campaign facing Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, Erik Ten Hag will turn his focus to the second match of his Saturday afternoon duel and his first match as manager at Old Trafford. Ten Hag has promised a brand new starting XI.
The manner of United’s first loss under Ten Hag also served to highlight the fact that, despite any other problems involving Ronaldo, the lack of his scores in the upcoming campaign will be a challenging hurdle for Ten Hag to get over without making a substantial signing.
Ten Hag might not have felt as concerned about the probable loss of Ronaldo after United scored 13 goals in the past 4 friendlies, even though no other Manchester player got within 14 points of the record.
Erik Ten Hag Not Sure About Ronaldo
After participating in United’s first team practice for a little less than a week, Erik Ten Hag announced that Cristiano Ronaldo will play facing Vallecano however did not specify if he would start. “He will be on the squad tomorrow. We’ll see just how far he can continue playing,” the Dutchman remarked.
Benni McCarthy, a former Blackburn striker, has joined Ten Hag’s coaching staff as a primary coach. The South African will pay attention to United’s positioning and attacking plays.
The 44-year-old retired South African national played for Blackburn and West Ham in the Premier League and is still close with Mitchell van Der Haag, Ten Hag’s assistant. Darren Fletcher, a retired player, will continue to work with Ten Hag’s first-team coaching team but will have a larger scope of responsibilities as technical director, managing the progression of academy players into the senior squad and concentrating on players on loan.