Cristiano Is Set To Leave Manchester United With Hope of Uefa Champions League Quashed
Manchester United’s slender top-four ambitions were mathematically eliminated after their 4-0 thrashing by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday. For Cristiano Ronaldo, who lives for those Champions League nights, the summer of 2022 will be crucial.
Staying at Manchester United for the rebuild under Erik ten Hag would be difficult for the No.7, who hasn’t played in the Europa League since 2002/03. Furthermore, Ronaldo’s style and age may not be compatible with the Dutchman’s tactical theory.
Ragnick Is Hopeful That Ronaldo Will Stay
Rangnick says Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United is up to the next manager to decide. After Saturday’s 3-2 win over Norwich City, the interim Red Devils manager was asked about his star player’s situation.
Ralf Rangnick has stated that it is not his decision whether Cristiano Ronaldo stays at Manchester United beyond this season, and that decision would be made by the next manager of the Red Devils.
Rangnick hailed Ronaldo for his effort after he scored a hat-trick on Saturday, bringing his Premier League goal total to 15.
However, there are rumors that incoming head coach Erik Ten Hag does not want Ronaldo on the squad, which Rangnick refuses to comment on.
Alex Ferguson holds private meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo to convince him to stay
Alex Ferguson, on the other hand, wants Ronaldo to stay at Old Trafford and has apparently met with him privately. According to The Mirror, the two had been meeting at each other’s residences in Cheshire, where they live close together, to talk about his future in recent weeks.
The Scot wants Ronaldo to “guard his legacy” with Manchester United supporters by staying for another season rather than leaving to join another Champions League club.
Can Ronaldo’s Contract Influence Him to Stay?
In principle, Manchester United has control over Ronaldo’s future because his contract, which he signed last summer, is extended for another year until the summer of 2023, with an option to extend it to 2024. Ronaldo, on the other hand, has the power to push his way out if he so desires.
His Manchester United deal is hefty, with him earning between £385,000 and £480,000 per week before goal incentives. However, it has been stated that most Manchester United players will receive a 25% wage cut as a result of the team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League this season.
If he were to leave, several clubs across the world would be eager to pay top dollar to sign the Portuguese superstar. Returning to his boyhood club Sporting CP, who have once again qualified for the Champions League group stage, is another alternative that has been considered.
All of these are possibilities that Ronaldo and Manchester United’s management will have to examine in the coming weeks, just as the star and Alex Ferguson have been discussing in private meetings.