Cristiano Ronaldo breaks silence on Ten Hag appointment as he pleads support

Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Manchester United that Erik ten Hag will "need time" to be a success.

The superstar has been the subject of much speculation despite being one of the club’s best performers this campaign, with some suggesting that incoming manager Ten Hag will see Ronaldo leave in the summer window. But the 37-year-old appears to be looking forward to working under the incoming manager. "I know that he has done a fantastic job at Ajax, and that he is an experienced coach, but we have to give him time," Ronaldo told United’s official site.

"Things must change the way he wants. If you do well, all of Manchester United will succeed, so I wish you all the best. We are all happy and excited [with the arrival], not only as players but as fans as well. We have to believe that next year we can win titles."

Though there have been concerns that the coach-elect and Ronaldo might not gel, Mirror Football understands that the current Ajax boss is looking forward to working with Ronaldo next season.

The 52-year-old had his final home match in Amsterdam this week as the Eredivisie giants secured the league title. And last Thursday, Ten Hag and United's Football director, John Murtough met and transfer targets were discussed.

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Among those in attendance were Mitchell van der Gaag and Steve McClaren, the former England, Derby, and Newcastle manager who worked with United's incoming boss at Twente over ten years ago.

After Ten Hag led his side to a 5-0 win over Heerenveen at the Johan Cruyff Arena, he explained his reasons for leaving the club and moving on to United.

"It felt like a difficult but great challenge. That is the most beautiful thing there is," Ten Hag said to Voetbal International. "There is something to build at United and something to gain. Manchester United is such a big name in football history. It feels like a challenge to put the club back on track of winning."

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