Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed confidence that new coach Erik ten Hag will be suitable for the task at Old Trafford, but demanded that he be given enough time if the team wanted to return to the winning path.

Speculation spread about Ronaldo’s future in Manchester United, the English Premier League football club, after a title-free season, in addition to the team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.

“What I know is that he did a great job with Ajax Amsterdam and that he is a veteran coach,” Ronaldo told the club’s website on Friday. “But we have to give him time. We need to change things the way he wants,” according to Reuters.

The 37-year-old has been one of Manchester United’s few shining glimpses of a harrowing season under interim coach Ralph Rangnick, with Ronaldo scoring 24 goals in all competitions.

“I hope that we will achieve success, of course, because if we succeed, then all of Manchester will also achieve success. I wish him (Ten Hag) success,” the Portuguese player added.

“We are happy and excited, not only as players, but as fans as well. Let’s believe we will win titles next year,” Ronaldo said.

Dutchman Ten Hag, who signed a 3-year contract, signed with United after 5 seasons at Ajax, where he led the team to winning three league titles and winning the Dutch Cup twice.

United, sixth in the English Premier League, will travel to Crystal Palace in their last game of the season on May 22.

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