Erik ten Hag’s early days of Manchester United rebuild haven’t seen any new signing so far, but a number of senior players have been shown the exit door. And the side’s most senior figure might soon follow the footsteps of the likes of Paul Pogba and Juan Mata.
Cristiano Ronaldo, the Red Devils’ Player of the Year, scored an impressive 18 Premier League goals last season but failed to secure Champions League qualification for his side.
In fact, United barely clinched the Europa League spot. On an eventful last day of the Premier League season, Ralf Rangnick’s men lost to Crystal Palace – with Ten Han in the stands – and dodged the Europa Conference League courtesy of Brighton and Hove Albion’s comeback win over West Ham.
Ronaldo’s much hyped return to the Theatre of Dreams hasn’t panned out as hoped, and now his second stint might be cut short.
According to Italian outlet La Repubblica, the Portuguese icon doesn’t feel involved in the new manager’s project anymore, and his agent Jorge Mendes is already working on finding a new destination for the 37-year-old.
The absence of Champions League football has also allegedly influenced the former Real Madrid man’s decision.
With Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez moving to Manchester City and Liverpool respectively there’s a lack of reliable forwards in the transfer market. As such, it’s tough to see United allowing their top goal-scorer of last season to leave.