In the same way he brought Dusan Tadic into the Ajax set-up in 2018, Ten Hag is reportedly keen to incorporate Ronaldo’s experience into the side.
A Dutch football insider said: “Ten Hag likes to have some experience to help his young players – on and off the pitch.
“Every player has a role in his team and if they don’t do their job then they don’t get picked. But Ten Hag doesn’t want 11flops. He likes to have personalities in the dressing room who will lead by example.
“He likes to have a player who can help him shape talented young players, showing them how to train properly, how to eat properly and how they live the life of a professional footballer.
“That’s why it’s too simplistic to say that Ronaldo will leave United if Ten Hag becomes coach. “He made Tadic his captain because he was a great role model. Is there a better role model in the game than Cristiano Ronaldo in the way he trains and the standards he sets and expects?