Cristiano Ronaldo arrives at Carrington for showdown talks with Erik ten Hag

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Cristiano Ronaldo RETURNS to first-team training at Manchester United following clear-the-air talks with Erik ten Hag this morning – and wantaway star could face Sheriff on Thursday

  • Erik ten Hag and Cristiano Ronaldo have arrived for their clear-the-air talks 
  • Ronaldo has been exiled from the first team squad since he refused to come on as a substitute in last Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Tottenham 
  • The Portuguese star was then made to train alone and away from the squad 
  • Ten Hag and Ronaldo will discuss on Tuesday if he is ready to be re-integrated 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Erik ten Hag arrived at Carrington for showdown talks on Tuesday morning as they look to draw a line under the Portuguese superstar’s ongoing first team exile.

Ronaldo has been training alone since being banished from the first team squad after refusing to come on as a substitute against Tottenham last week. 

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Ronaldo rejected a request to go on with five minutes to go and stormed down the tunnel at Old Trafford before the full-time whistle during their 2-0 win over Antonio Conte’s side on Wednesday. 

Cristiano Ronaldo pictured driving into Manchester United’s training ground on Tuesday

Ronaldo and manager Erik ten Hag are holding their crisis clear-the-air talks on Tuesday

 Ronaldo and manager Erik ten Hag are holding their crisis clear-the-air talks on Tuesday

Having had two days off following their 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Saturday – Ten Hag and Ronaldo will hold clear-the-air talks today.  

The latest round of talks will likely require a climbdown from Ronaldo if Ten Hag is to reintegrate him into the first team. 

Should the five-time Ballon d’Or winner concede he has been in the wrong, Ronaldo could return to training with his team-mates and be in contention to play at home to Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday. 

Ronaldo refused to come on and left Old Trafford before full-time in the 2-0 win over Spurs

Ronaldo refused to come on and left Old Trafford before full-time in the 2-0 win over Spurs

Ronaldo trained on his own following the incident against Tottenham on Wednesday

Ronaldo trained on his own following the incident against Tottenham on Wednesday 

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Ten Hag is not suffering fools gladly and he reiterated his position after the draw at Chelsea that he is focused on the ‘long term’ – a nod to life at United without Ronaldo.

‘It is more important to have the right culture and standards and values,’ he said. 

‘The longer term is always more important and in the end that will bring you into the right position.’ 

Sportsmail previously reported how Ronaldo has shown thinly veiled disdain for Ten Hag and his coaching team, to the extent of blatantly ignoring one senior staff figure. 

As a result, there has been an overarching sense of animosity at the training ground. 

Players are said to be aware of Ronaldo and Ten Hag clashing on a daily basis, although it is not affecting the spirit in camp. 

Sportsmail understands Ronaldo has clashed with Ten Hag on a daily basis during training

 Sportsmail understands Ronaldo has clashed with Ten Hag on a daily basis during training

‘As I’ve always done throughout my career, I try to live and play respectfully towards my colleagues, my adversaries and my coaches. That hasn’t changed,’ Ronaldo said on Instagram, in his only address since not coming off the bench.

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‘I haven’t changed. I’m the same person and the same professional that I’ve been for the last 20 years playing elite football, and respect has always played a very important role in my decision making process.’ 

He added: ‘I started very young, the older and most experienced players examples were always very important to me. Therefore, later on, I’ve always tried to set the example myself for the youngsters that grew in all the teams that I’ve represented. 

‘Unfortunately that’s not always possible and sometimes the heat of the moment get’s the best of us.

‘Right now, I just feel that I have to keep working hard in Carrington, support my teammates and be ready for everything in any given game. Giving in to the pressure is not an option. It never was. This is Manchester United, and united we must stand. Soon we’ll be together again.’

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