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"People will forget..." - Man Utd star says the club has moved on from Cristiano Ronaldo

Rory O'Callaghan

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"People will forget..." - Man Utd star says the club has moved on from Cristiano Ronaldo

Christian Eriksen says Manchester United have moved on from Cristiano Ronaldo following his departure from the club.

Ronaldo, 37, had his contract with United terminated by 'mutual agreement' last month and is now a free agent.

United decided to cut ties with the Portuguese superstar after he attacked several senior figures at the club in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.

He is yet to join a new club but looks set to move to Saudi Arabia with Al-Nassr, who are prepared to offer the five-time Ballon d'Or winner a staggering contract to join.

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The Mirror claim Ronaldo could earn as much as £179m per year in the Middle East, with the striker expected to undergo a medical with the Saudi club in the coming days.

United appear to be unaffected by Ronaldo's departure, having won both of their matches following the resumption of the domestic season after the winter break for the World Cup.

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Erik ten Hag's side beat Burnley 2-0 in the Carabao Cup round of 16 last week before returning to Premier League action against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

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Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Fred scored as United ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Old Trafford in their first league game for six weeks.

Eriksen: Football goes on

United midfielder Eriksen has expressed his sadness at seeing Ronaldo leave but insists the club has already moved on.

"First of all, we are sad that Ronaldo is not part of [the club]," Eriksen said, as reported by The Times.

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"His legacy and his name at any club is special. For me, to be fortunate to play with him in my career was very nice. Football goes on.

"You feel that the next game after, people will forget what it was like before and now our focus is really like he is not here."

Rashford and Martial will be under pressure to provide more goals following Ronaldo's departure and so it would have been a boost for Ten Hag to see both of them score against Forest.

Eriksen set up Rashford for his goal and the Danish midfielder has been impressed by the England international, who is now into double figures for the season with United.

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"I haven't been on the pitch where he has played a bad game yet," Eriksen said of Rashford.

"I hope he continues that. He is looking sharp and confident."

Rashford will be hoping to continue his hot streak when United travel to face Wolves in their next match on December 31.

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Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Football, Christian Eriksen, Cristiano Ronaldo, Premier League, Transfers

Rory O'Callaghan
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