Erik ten Hag has been informed by Cristiano Ronaldo that he is willing to participate in Sunday’s Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton.
The 37-year-old has been trying to leave Old Trafford all summer long, but no suitors have emerged despite Jorge Mendes, his agent, holding conversations with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona, among others.
Due to family obligations, Ronaldo missed the most of United’s preseason campaign and spent the rest of the summer practicing alone in Portugal.
He came back last week to continue working out with his teammates, and on Sunday, he participated for 45 minutes in United’s final preseason game against Rayo Vallecano.
However, Erik ten Hag was unhappy with Ronaldo’s conduct as he was among the players who left Old Trafford before the final whistle. Ten Hag called this ‘unacceptable’ but insisted during his press conference on Friday that it was unfair to single out Ronaldo over the incident.
Ronaldo is available for selection this weekend, and the Daily Mirror reports that, according to sources at Carrington, the 37-year-old has been “flying” in training.
According to the report, Ronaldo has informed Ten Hag that he is healthy enough to play against Brighton on Sunday.
On Saturday night, Ronaldo posted a photo from a friendly versus Rayo Vallecano on Instagram with the phrase “ready,” indicating to fans that he is open to playing for United.
Prior to playing in his first official match for United, Ten Hag already has a selection conundrum because he is missing Anthony Martial to direct his attack.