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According to Christian Eriksen, Manchester United has moved past the Cristiano Ronaldo era.

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Manchester United Have Moved On From Cristiano Ronaldo: Eriksen, Christian Ronaldo’s turbulent second spell at Old Trafford ended during the World Cup break, following an explosive interview in which he attacked new manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners.

Christian Eriksen expressed sadness that Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer a Manchester United player, but insisted that the club can continue without one of its most famous players. “We’re disappointed that Ronaldo isn’t here,” Eriksen said after United’s 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, their first game since the controversial departure of the Portuguese star. “His legacy and name are special in any club. It was a blessing to have the opportunity to play with him during my career.”

Ronaldo’s turbulent second spell at Old Trafford ended during the World Cup break, following an explosive interview in which he attacked new manager Erik ten Hag and the club’s owners.

His influence on the field had already waned since the Dutch coach took over at the start of the season. And there was no sign he was missed on Tuesday, as goals from the in-form Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Fred helped United defeat Forest and move within four points of the top four.

“The game continues,” Eriksen said. “You get the impression that the next game, people will forget what it was like before, and now our focus is truly as if he (Ronaldo) is not here.”

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