CRISTIANO RONALDO made a ‘play me’ plea to Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ahead of today’s Premier League opener.
The Red Devils entertain Brighton at Old Trafford in Ten Hag’s first competitive game in charge.
The short reign of the Dutchman Red Devils so far has been dominated by questions about Ronaldo’s future.
The Portuguese icon is desperate to leave the club to play in the Champions League.
But with a lack of offers rolling in, the wanton superstar and his new boss are in limbo.
It is unclear whether the Ronaldo, 37, will be selected with his future in the air.
And, with very little preseason action – just 45 minutes last weekend against Rayo Vallecano – after an extended leave of absence due to “family issues”, he could be short of match sharpness.
But that hasn’t stopped the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from declaring that he’s fit for purpose.
Ronaldo took to Instagram and shared a story of an image of himself with the words “Ready” on it.
However, it is unclear whether Ten Hag will fall for the bait after a summer of uncertainty.
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CR7 is still a United player after failing to secure an exit during this transfer window.
Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have all missed opportunities to sign him.
While boys’ club Sporting Lisbon and even Turkish giants Galatasaray have been linked.
Recent reports suggested that Ronaldo had “pressured” new boss Erik ten Hag to start him against the Seagulls.
And in an astonishing turnaround, Ronaldo could take the lead on Sunday after an injury to Anthony Martial.
According to the Mirror, Ronnie has “flown” in training this week and only returned from vacation 10 days ago.
Despite wanting to leave, the veteran remains eager to play as many minutes as possible for the World Cup.
And Ronaldo has informed Ten Hag that he is ready to play tomorrow.
United’s new boss has several options to replace Martial, with young players Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho both available.
But Ronaldo’s recent training achievements have given him food for thought.
The quality of the Portuguese star was never in question as he scored 24 goals last season despite United’s appalling performance.