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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s coaching, was saddened by the plight of Donny van de Beek and gave a captaincy advice that Harry Maguire might worry about

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With Erik ten Hag’s arrival at Manchester United, many in the current squad will wonder where their destiny lies.

There has been talk of a ‘rebuild’ for the Red Devils in recent weeks following the Ajax man’s appointment on Thursday which could see many players leave the club this summer.

Ten Hag will look to put his own mark on this Man United side
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But, after the Dutchman’s comments in recent years, some in the current squad will be more confident than others that they could be in the new boss’s plans next season.

One of them is Cristiano Ronaldo, with Ten Hag praising his efforts on the training ground while coaching FC Utrecht in 2017.

“Take Cristiano Ronaldo. His heading abilities, his jumping, his timing – it takes thousands of hours of training and training,” he told Dutch Soccer Site.

“Like with his free-kicks and striking technique. He is so talented but he constantly demands the best of himself. That’s the difference.

Although this interview took place five years ago, it could hint at an opportunity for Ronaldo next season.

But a Daily Star report earlier this month said Ten Hag felt Ronaldo’s age meant he was not a good fit for his long-term plan.

Could Ten Hag’s quotes confirm Ronaldo’s future at the club?
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Another Man United man who will be eagerly awaiting Ten Hag’s arrival is Donny van de Beek.

The midfielder, who is currently on loan at Everton after struggling to secure first-team football with the Red Devils, worked with Ten Hag at Ajax.

And the Dutch boss was clearly unhappy with Van de Beek’s time on the bench at Old Trafford earlier this season, calling his lack of playing time a ‘deadly sin’.

Speaking to de Volkskrant, Ten Hag said: “Donny, I find it difficult. [It’s a] mortal sin.

“If you haven’t had the chance yet, development will also be stalled. From time to time, you encourage them.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's coaching, was saddened by the plight of Donny van de Beek and gave a captaincy advice that Harry Maguire might worry about
Van de Beek and Ten Hag will be reunited this summer
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The two clearly have a good relationship and Ten Hag was desperate to keep him at the Eredivisie champions ahead of his move to Manchester.

Speaking to Marca in August 2019, when it looked like Van de Beek could join Real Madrid, the 52-year-old said: “We will do everything in our power to keep him at Ajax.

“We don’t want to lose him, but when clubs of this caliber enter the situation, things become very difficult.

“Donny was very important to us last season and started this campaign with enthusiasm, freshness and a lot of energy. His departure would be a loss, but we know it can happen.”

One player who may be worried about his future, however, is Harry Maguire.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's coaching, was saddened by the plight of Donny van de Beek and gave a captaincy advice that Harry Maguire might worry about
Maguire hasn’t had the best season of his career
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The England international has been in terrible form this season, and recent comments from Ten Hag could see him replaced as Man United captain.

Speaking about his criteria for choosing a captain when Matthijs de Ligt was appointed to Ajax in 2019, he told Fox Sports: “I wanted his attitude to be communicated to the team.

Whether that means Maguire could be stripped of the captaincy or even sold this summer remains to be seen.

But it’s clear he values ​​determined, driven individuals with a desire to train and develop, just as De Ligt did when Ten Hag arrived in 2018.

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