Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA 18 | 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™️ Reveal Trailer ft. Cristiano Ronaldo Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly advised Manchester United's newly-appointed boss Erik ten Hag to put his faith in the club's youngsters.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is believed to have encouraged new Man Utd manager Ten Hag to give Old Trafford's young players opportunities with the first team. "I think we should give opportunities to the young generation," Ronaldo explained to United's TeamViewer diary series. "I am in favor that we should give opportunities to the young generation because they will be the future." Ronaldo joined United when he was 18 years old, therefore he understands what is needed for youngsters to prosper at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo also stressed that the young players would then gain experience being properly assisted and likewise get opportunities in the first team. "You have to help them as well to put it in the right spots," he added. "The pressure is a lot to play in the Premier League, which I believe is the most difficult league in the world by far. You have to give them time, you have to give them the opportunity and let them grow in a normal way, without pressure."

"If the kids ask me for advice, I will give my opinion and advice of course," Ronaldo explained. "Because I want to help." Ronaldo has over 1,100 professional appearances and over 800 career goals, he is considered the most experienced footballer still playing at the highest level.

The 37-year-old Portuguese superstar was among the club's best players last season despite United's consistent struggles and weak performances in the Premier League. Ronaldo scored 24 goals in 38 appearances; his contributions were said to have profoundly helped the Red Devils claim 15 points this season. Ronaldo claimed the club's Fans Player of the Year recognition.

Ronaldo seemed to have decided to remain at United next season after claiming that he was "happy and excited" by the arrival of Ten Hag while admitting that things "must change." Talking about the new Man Utd boss's arrival, 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 and things need to change - the way he wants."

Meanwhile, the Man Utd forward is indeed busy as he also plays under the Portugal team. He recently helped his country win during their latest UEFA Nations League game. Portugal followed up a 1-1 draw in their Nations League opener against Spain by beating Switzerland 4-0 at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Sunday.

Ronaldo's mum was photographed tearfully watching Ronaldo extend his international scoring record against Switzerland. He scored his 116th and 117th goals for his country during the game.

Erik ten Hag
AFC Ajax Head Coach/Manager, Erik ten Hag looks on prior to the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse and Ajax Amsterdam held at Gelredome on May 15, 2022 in Arnhem, Netherlands. Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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