JUST IN: Cristiano Ronaldo led Man Utd applause after caving into Steve McLaren’s demands
Cristiano Ronaldo led the applause of Manchester United players towards their supporters following their victory over Leicester – in a big win for Steve
LEICESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 01: Casemiro of Manchester United shakes hands with Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on September 1, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom.
Cristiano Ronaldo was in high spirits as Manchester United beat Leicester
Cristiano Ronaldo led the applause of Manchester United players towards their supporters following their victory over Leicester – following previous instruction from Steve McLaren.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner stormed down the tunnel without giving any thanks for travelling fans after their recent 4-0 defeat against Brentford while exchanging stern words with United coach McLaren.
Three consecutive Premier League wins later and the 37-year-old was understandably in a more positive mood, sticking around on the King Power pitch after their 1-0 win.
In a show of support for United faithful following the final whistle, Ronaldo led his team-mates towards their corner of the ground – saying thank you with a clap.
Ronaldo’s passion got the better of him after the west London capitulation but his mood might now have changed after accepting that he will be at Old Trafford until January at the very least.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on September 1, 2022 in Leicester, United Kingdom.
Cristiano Ronaldo led the applause of Manchester United players
When asked if Ronaldo was part of his plans, Erik ten Hag said this week: “It is clear, of course. But I just said we need quality players.
“You need more to cover all the games to keep the consistency going, that is what we strive for.”
Having been keen to leave the club in order to play Champions League football, Ronaldo sent a message to supporters after his stay was confirmed.
He simply wrote on Instagram: “Thank you for your support”.
Coach Steve McLaren interacts with Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United during the warm up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on August 07, 2022 in Manchester, England.
Steve McLaren and Cristiano Ronaldo have been working together at Manchester United
Ten Hag has also been asked where Ronaldo fits into his plans having been a substitute in the Premier League this season.
He said: “The way of play sets the demands. You can see in training it’s clear that he has the capabilities.
“So he will fit in because he’s – I don’t have to explain – a great player. He has great capabilities, so he will fit in every system or in every style.”