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Ronaldo´s limited Man Utd minutes ´no worries´ for Portugal boss Santos

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Sep 2022

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s difficulties to secure regular Manchester United minutes will not impact his role with Portugal at the World Cup in Qatar, says national team coach Fernando Santos.

Ronaldo reportedly sought to force a move from Old Trafford during the off-season following a tough first-term homecoming at United, who missed out on Champions League qualification.

Since then, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner – alongside club captain and England defender Harry Maguire – has found himself a peripheral figure on the bench.

Under Erik ten Hag, a new-look United side have reversed their form from last season’s slump, with Ronaldo limited to second-half cameos on a regular basis.

Ronaldo started Thursday’s Europa League win over Sheriff, though, netting his first goal of the season after being announced as part of Portugal’s latest Nations League squad.

Santos, who also handed a recall to Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix, remains unconcerned over a lack of game-time for the 37-year-old and feels his captain will still offer plenty over the coming months.

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