REVEALED: Wantaway Cristiano Ronaldo watches his Man United team-mates play behind-closed-doors friendly against Wrexham at club’s Carrington base… with Christian Eriksen on the scoresheet and £55m new boy Lisandro Martinez in action
- Cristiano Ronaldo arrived back at Manchester United on Tuesday for key talks
- The Portuguese forward has missed the whole of the club’s pre-season so far
- He has told United that wants to leave this summer to fight for the best trophies
- He is in attendance at the Carrington friendly against non-league side Wrexham
- New arrival Christian Eriksen found the back of the net on his first appearance
Cristiano Ronaldo was in attendance at Carrington as Manchester United eased to a 4-1 victory against Wrexham in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
The 37-year-old has told United that he wants to leave this summer and only checked in to the training ground for the first time in pre-season on Tuesday morning.
New signing Christian Eriksen scored in the game, in what was his first unofficial appearance for the club.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in attendance for Manchester United’s friendly against Wrexham today
The Danish international signed a three-year contract with the Red Devils earlier this month and has now made the perfect start to life on the pitch.
Fellow new signing Lisandro Martinez – whose £55million transfer was confirmed on Wednesday morning – was also in action against the non-league side.
The game, which kicked off at 2pm BST, was played at United’s Carrington training ground. No fans were in attendance and the club did not broadcast it live on MUTV. Ronaldo watched from the sidelines along with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.
Christian Eriksen has scored in the behind-closed-doors game, his first appearance for United
Eriksen only trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Tuesday after they returned from their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia at the weekend.
It was initially believed that United’s youth team would face Wrexham – who are owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney – but Erik ten Hag was eager to give some of his first-team players additional minutes ahead of the new season.
Ten Hag’s side have two more friendlies – against Atletico Madrid in Oslo and Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford – on back-to-back days this weekend, before they begin the Premier League campaign at home to Brighton on August 7.
Fellow new signing Lisandro Martinez – who has arrived in a £55million deal – is also in action
Ronaldo’s attendance at the Wrexham fixture comes after crunch talks took place over his United future on Tuesday, with ten Hag, the club’s chief executive Richard Arnold and the forward’s agent Jorge Mendes all in attendance.
Sir Alex Ferguson was also at Carrington at the same time for a football board meeting. While Sportsmail understands that meeting was not specifically about Ronaldo, it is highly possible that subject could have been discussed.
Ten Hag talked to Ronaldo when he took over as manager at the end of last season, but it was the first time the two men had spoken since the Portuguese international asked to go.
Ronaldo checked in to the training ground for the first time in pre-season on Tuesday morning
Contact between the two camps has been maintained by Arnold and Mendes, who has been hawking his client around Europe’s top clubs.
Ronaldo’s return is being seen as a positive sign, although it’s still unclear whether he is ready to commit to United for another season or re-iterate his desire to be sold.
United were still adamant on Monday night that the superstar forward is not for sale and remains part of ten Hag’s plans for the new season.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has been keeping himself fit in Lisbon, but he may not be ready to go straight back into full training with the rest of the squad who had Monday off after flying back from Perth on Sunday.
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