CRISTIANO RONALDO has said “things must change” at Manchester United, but believes the club CAN win trophies under Erik ten Hag.
The 37-year-old’s future had been uncertain until Ten Hag confirmed Ronaldo was part of his plans last month.
And in an interview with United’s official website, Ronaldo remained optimistic that the Dutchman can have an immediate impact at Old Trafford while seemingly confirming his intentions to stay at the club.
Ten Hag was brought in as a long-term project and while Ronaldo stressed the need to give him time, he is also eyeing instant success under the new permanent boss.
The Red Devils have now gone five years without a piece of silverware.
But Ronaldo said: “I know he [Ten Hag] did a fantastic job for Ajax and that he’s an experienced coach but we need to give him time.
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“Things need to change the way he wants. I hope we have success, of course.
“Because if you have success all of Manchester is going to have success as well so I wish him the best.”
Ronaldo has just one season left on the two-year deal he signed when rejoining the club last summer.
Although he reckons the Red Devils are in a good enough position to finally get their hands back on some silverware next term.
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He added: “We are happy and excited, not only as players but the supporters as well.
“I wish him the best and let’s believe that next year we are going to win trophies.”
Ronaldo though also has one eye on the future of the club, and urged Ten Hag to give United’s youngsters a chance to shine.
Anthony Elanga broke into the first-team last season, while the likes of Alejandro Garnacho, Hannibal Mejbri and Charlie Savage are all on the cusp of the senior squad.
Ronaldo said: “The new generation will be the new future for the club.
“I’m in favour that we should give opportunities to the young generation of course because they will be the future.”
He added: “They understand to achieve success you have to sacrifice, [put in] hard work, ethic of work, dedication.
Ronaldo has been hailed as a source of inspiration to the youngsters breaking through at the club.
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And the football icon confirmed he is always happy to help nurture young talent.
He said: “But of course if the kids ask me for advice I will give my opinion and advice because I want to help.”