John O’Shea: Erik ten Hag must play Cristiano Ronaldo regularly

Erik ten Hag will not be targeting a Premier League title challenge in his first season as Manchester United manager, instead aiming for a return to the Champions League.

Former Manchester United defender, John O’Shea, advised manager Erik ten Hag to use Cristiano Ronaldo in the right way in his squad next season.

Ronaldo has been one of Europe’s deadliest forwards for many years and flourished on his return to Manchester United last season.

The 37-year-old managed 24 goals in 39 appearances for Man United and O’Shea believes Ten Hag needs to use the five-time Ballon d’Or according to his strengths.

“Cristiano Ronaldo will want to be the key man for Manchester United next season, but there will be discussions and Erik ten Hag said in his first press conference that he’ll have those with Ronaldo in person, rather than telling the media,” O’Shea, who played alongside Ronaldo for six seasons, told Paddy Power (via Mirror).

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He added, “When you see what he does and the goals he brings to the team, having Cristiano there is going to be an asset and I’m sure the new manager will get that across to him. He brings goals and every team wants goals – they are so crucial.”

“Every manager wants new attackers and new signings, but he will have Cristiano Ronaldo in his side who can produce hat tricks, winning goals and amazing quality. He will want to play every game as always and what is wrong with that? But the manager has to control that and make sure he uses him in the right way.”

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