ERIK TEN HAG had Cristiano Ronaldo giggling at training in rare moment of joy this season for the Manchester United superstar.
And the Reds boss will be hoping his No7 enjoys himself against FC Sheriff tomorrow night.
Ten Hag and Ronaldo were filmed sharing a private chat at Carrington.
The Dutchman called his superstar forward over, did a heading motion and cracked a joke into his ear.
Ronaldo, 37, nodded then broke into a beaming smile before continuing their conversation.
The Portuguese then joined the rest of his team-mates for their warm-up.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then joined in the rondo with his fellow Red Devils stars – and threw his bib away after getting out of the middle.
Ronaldo looked set to make a move away from Old Trafford this summer before eventually staying put.
However, as revealed by SunSport, he will push for a January exit after losing his place in the team to Marcus Rashford.
Ronaldo has started just once in the Premier League so far this season, playing 90 minutes in the 4-0 humiliation at Brentford.
He has come off the bench in the other five but did play the full match as United lost to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in their opening Europa League match last week.
It means the talismanic goalscorer is yet to get on the scoresheet in seven matches so far this season.
But he will surely fancy his chances against Moldovan side FC Sheriff on Thursday.
Last term’s top scorer is expected to start in Chisinau with Casemiro, Harry Maguire and Antony also likely to be involved from the outset.
However, there will definitely be no Rashford, Donny van de Beek or Aaron Wan-Bissaka as the trio were not part of the open training session and did not travel with the rest of the squad.