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Who will fill Ronaldo’s shoes at Manchester United? Erik ten Hag says he is doing research on every opportunity

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Erik ten Hag said that Manchester United is doing its research on every opportunity to find a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, whose contract was terminated after his explosive interview.

New Delhi ,UPDATED: Dec 11, 2022 09:59 IST

Manchester United terminated Ronaldo’s contract last month. (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said that the club is doing its research on every opportunity to find a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Premier League club terminated Ronaldo’s contract by mutual agreement and with immediate effect after the veteran forward gave an explosive TV interview. Since parting ways, Manchester United are keen to find Ronaldo’s replacement when the transfer window opens next month.

“We will do everything in our power [to sign the right player],” Erik ten Hag said. “I cannot give comments on specific players. Players have contracts and I respect that.

“We are doing research on every opportunity and we do everything we can if that opportunity is there to contract them,” he added.

The Manchester United manager likes Dutchman Cody Gakpo, Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick for Portugal at the 2022 World Cup, according to the BBC. For the club, it has never been east to persuade fellow clubs to release players as potential buyers have been biding their time till a player’s impact and performance are known.

Manchester United added the likes of Antony, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez in the summer and now with Ronaldo’s salary removed means the club will save a multi-million pound over the remainder of the season.

In the absence of Jadon Sancho, who is on a fitness programme following injury, Marcus Rashford and Antony, who are both on the World Cup duties, Anthony Martial is expected to be a key figure for ten Hag’s side when the domestics resume. Manchester United will play Burnley in the EFL Cup on December 21.

“We have seen, when he (Martial) is available, he has a massive impact on our game,” said Ten Hag. “He has less than 300 minutes [this season] and has four goals and two assists. That’s a really good record.

“The first challenge for him is to be available and fit. He has to be responsible for it, but we have to support him in all the ways we can.”

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