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Cristiano Ronaldo set for showdown talks with Erik ten Hag over Manchester United future

Erik ten Hag is set to hold face-to-face talks with Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday before he welcomes the forward back into first-team training at Manchester United.

The two men will hold talks for the first time since Ronaldo was axed from the squad at the weekend, but the United manager is keen to find common ground and believes the striker still has a role to play in his squad.

Ronaldo missed the weekend’s draw with Chelsea after being told he wouldn’t be in the squad as punishment for refusing to come on as a late substitute against Tottenham in midweek.

The 37-year-old walked down the tunnel in the final minute of the game and left Old Trafford before his teammates had returned to the dressing room.

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He was told last Thursday he was being dropped from the squad to face Chelsea and was ordered to train away from the rest of the first team for the rest of the week.

United earned a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge without Ronaldo, with his former Real Madrid teammate Casemiro heading in a dramatic 94th-minute equaliser.

Ten Hag gave the squad two days off after that game and they will only return to Carrington on Tuesday to begin preparations for the Europa League fixture against FC Sheriff at Old Trafford on Thursday.

Ronaldo could make his return to a matchday squad in that fixture but he will need to convince Ten Hag he is committed to the project and willing to meet his requirements.

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“We will first talk,” Ten Hag said when asked about Ronaldo’s return on Friday. “We set certain standards. That is for any player.

“I think everyone understands that both [actions] are not acceptable so I don’t want to grade it [which is worse]. Both are not acceptable and that is why he gets some days off. He has to live, like anyone else, along certain standards and the standards we set this season.”

Ronaldo took to Instagram last Thursday evening to explain his actions and posted a message in support of his teammates on the day of the Chelsea game.

ENOCH TANDOH

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