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Ronaldo again at Man United, long term shrouded in uncertainty

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo’s potential at Manchester United remained shrouded in uncertainty just after the Portugal excellent returned to the club’s schooling floor with his agent on Tuesday.

Ronaldo has nevertheless to get started preseason education with United — he skipped the team’s tour of Thailand and Australia — and was reportedly keeping talks with not too long ago employed supervisor Erik ten Hag.

There was no update from United about Ronaldo’s present status at the club subsequent his arrival with his agent, Jorge Mendes, at the Carrington schooling base.

Alex Ferguson, the former United manager who signed Ronaldo for the player’s first spell at the club from 2003-09, arrived at Carrington before Tuesday. Ferguson played an influential part in persuading Ronaldo to return to United past 12 months.

The new Premier League season starts in fewer than two weeks, with United opening towards Brighton at house on Aug. 7.

United introduced Christian Eriksen as a single of its offseason signings Tuesday, with the Denmark playmaker arriving on a free of charge transfer and expressing that speaking to 10 Hag aided persuade him to make the go soon after paying out the second fifty percent of very last season at Brentford.

“Obviously to speak with the supervisor and hear his ideas and have discussions with him on the soccer terms was terrific and excellent for me to get the final decision and the possibility of coming to Manchester United,” Eriksen explained.

Will 10 Hag have the very same result on Ronaldo?

The 37-12 months-previous Ronaldo reportedly needs to participate in for a different staff following only one particular year back at Previous Trafford, with United not in the Champions League this year or in shape to contend with the finest groups in England. United finished in sixth position in the league final year, 35 factors behind first-position Manchester Town.

United has explained Ronaldo has not returned to instruction still for the reason that of “personal motives.” Ten Hag has consistently claimed he is counting on Ronaldo getting aspect of the squad this period.

If United does allow for Ronaldo to sign up for yet another club, it leaves Ten Hag small of center forwards in his squad and with tiny additional than a month left in Europe’s summer transfer window to deliver in a substitution.

In Ronaldo’s absence, Anthony Martial has been taking part in up front and amazed on the preseason tour, scoring three objectives in four video games.

Martial expended the 2nd half of last period on financial loan at Sevilla, scoring one particular intention, so it could represent an unlikely next likelihood for the French striker.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani was a single of the gamers to depart United during this offseason because his contract expired.

United has been linked with the signing of Ajax ahead Antony.


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