Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag opened up about striker Cristiano Ronaldo's future in the team.

Since rejoining Man Utd last summer, the 37-year-old Portuguese footballer scored 24 goals in 38 games in his first season, reported Sport Bible. His future has been up in the air following a poor season that saw Man Utd slip out of Champions League contention and extend their trophyless run to five years, reported Goal.

Then there was a managerial switch from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to Ralf Rangnick as well. Also, due to the footballer's age, there has been plenty of speculation over whether or not he would fit in to Hag’s style of play, according to Caughtoffside.

But it seems Ronaldo is valued highly by the incoming boss, who has made it clear that he admires the player. After Ajax's final game of the season on Sunday, Hag said that now his "focus will be on United, and I will of course get deep into things there." He shared that what he has to say about it is, "the detailed analysis still has to begin, I still have to work with the team, but let me be clear that at United there are a lot of good players around."

He added that they have to make the good players function as a team but definitely "Ronaldo, he is a giant."

Hag, who was appointed as United manager on a deal until June 2025 last month, has reportedly terminated his Ajax contract six weeks early to focus on preparing for his new role at Old Trafford. He recently met with United's football director John Murtough in Amsterdam. The two discussed the club's recruitment plans for the summer transfer window.

As for Ronaldo, he said that he's looking forward to working with ten Hag at Old Trafford next season. The footballer said that he knows that the manager has done a "fantastic job at Ajax, and that he is an experienced coach, but we have to give him time." According to him, things must change the way ten Hag wants, and that if you do well, "all of Manchester United will succeed, so I wish you all the best."

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during warm up for the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brighton, England. Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

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