Cristiano Ronaldo sends message to Erik ten Hag about Manchester United youngsters

Cristiano Ronaldo has backed the next crop of Manchester United youngsters to be given a chance in the first team by new boss Erik ten Hag.

United have some exciting youngsters through the academy and the Under-18s won the FA Youth Cup this season by beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 in the final in front of more than 67,000 people at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo sent a video message to the players on Travis Binnion’s team before the final and he helped inspire those players to victory.

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The 37-year-old has also helped coach exciting winger Alejandro Garnacho (17), while also encouraging Anthony Elanga on his own first-team rise this season.

Ronaldo will remain with United next season despite the club missing out on the Champions League, and Ten Hag has already made clear his admiration for the attacker.

The Dutchman built around a youthful nucleus at Ajax, but he also valued experience, so he could rely on Ronaldo as an elderly statesman and the Portuguese international wants some of those young players to have a chance.

“The new generation will be the new future for the club, I am in favor that of course we should give the young generation opportunities because they will be the future,” he said.

“But you also have to help them get it in the right place because the pressure is high to play in the Premier League, which I think is by far the hardest competition in the world.

“And you have to give them time, give them the opportunity and let them grow in a normal way without pressure, but I think we have to give the young generation opportunities.”

Ronaldo believes the academy stars in the United system understand what it takes to hit the mark, but he is happy to give advice if asked.

“They understand that to be successful you have to [make] sacrifices, hard work, ethics, dedication, but of course if the kids ask for my advice, I’ll give my opinion and advice because I want to help.”

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