Erik Ten Hag Laments United After Defeat

Erik Ten Hag

Erik Ten Hag turns his attention to the second part of his weekend doubleheader, and his first game in charge at Old Trafford, when United conclude their warm-up campaign against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday afternoon, with Ten Hag promising a completely new starting XI.

And the manner of United’s first defeat under Ten Hag served to underline that, whatever other issues surround Ronaldo, the absence of his goals in the new season will be a difficult obstacle for Ten Hag to overcome without a significant signing.

After United had scored 13 times in their previous four friendly fixtures, the potential loss of Ronaldo may not have seemed so pressing for Ten Hag, despite the fact no other United player came within 14 goals of the 24 claimed by the veteran last season.

Erik Ten Hag Not Sure About Ronaldo

Erik Ten Hag confirmed that Ronaldo will be involved against Vallecano but did not indicate whether he would start, after being involved in United’s first team training for less than a week. “Tomorrow he will be in the squad. We’ll see how long he can play,” said the Dutchman.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag has added former Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy to his backroom staff as a first-team coach. The South African will focus on United’s attacking plays and positioning.

The 44-year-old former South African international played in the Premier League with Blackburn and West Ham and remains a friend of Ten Hag’s assistant Mitchell van Der Haag.

United also revealed that former player Darren Fletcher will remain part of Ten Hag’s first-team coaching staff while retaining a wider remit as technical director, overseeing academy players’ route to the senior squad, plus focusing on players out on loan.

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