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Cristiano Ronaldo ‘is considering leaving Man United at the end of the season.

January 7, 2022, 11:26 am

A bomb­shell new report has claimed Cris­tiano Ronal­do will con­sid­er walk­ing out on Man­ches­ter Unit­ed at the end of the sea­son if their choice of man­ag­er does not suit him.

The Dai­ly Star have claimed that Ronal­do, who only rejoined the Red Dev­ils in the sum­mer from Juven­tus, is keep­ing a close eye on who the club appoint as their next per­ma­nent man­ag­er at the end of the season.

Ronal­do’s deal at Old Traf­ford runs until 2023 but the report explains that Ronal­do would be will­ing to knock that on the head 12 months ear­ly if the next appoint­ment can­not bring the best out of him.

Cris­tiano Ronal­do is report­ed­ly weigh­ing up his Man Unit­ed future, a new report has claimed

Unit­ed have shown lim­it­ed improve­ment since Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer was sacked and Ger­man boss Ralf Rang­nick came in to take charge on an inter­im basis.

The plan has always been for Rang­nick to move behind the scenes at the end of the sea­son and step into a ‘Senior Foot­ball Advi­sor’ role for the next two years. 

Even with Rang­nick not in con­tention for the job on a per­ma­nent basis Ronal­do is still report­ed to have made his feel­ings clear that he would not sup­port any deci­sion to appoint the Ger­man full-time.

A source told the Star that Ronal­do ‘thought it would be bet­ter than this’ and that as a ‘born win­ner’ he wants ‘to be win­ning more trophies’. 

Ronal­do has scored 14 goals since his Old Traf­ford return but he has been crit­i­cised as well
Rang­nick will, more like­ly, be part of the process to appoint the next man­ag­er, a per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor to Sol­sk­jaer, who was axed in Novem­ber fol­low­ing a loss to Watford. 

Chief exec­u­tive offi­cer Richard Arnold, who will step up to replace Ed Wood­ward from Feb­ru­ary 1, will also be at the risk of annoy­ing Ronal­do, who has 14 goals this sea­son, if the deci­sion is disputed.

Sports­mail report­ed on Thurs­day that Unit­ed are work­ing from a three-man short­list of Mauri­cio Pochet­ti­no, cur­rent­ly at Paris Saint-Ger­main, Ajax man­ag­er Erik ten Hag and Leices­ter City boss Bren­dan Rodgers. 

Any new boss will like­ly need to find a way to max­imise Ronal­do as he has so far failed to gel with Rang­nick­’s pre­ferred 4–2‑2–2 formation.

In fact, mood inside Unit­ed’s dress­ing room has soured sig­nif­i­cant­ly in recent weeks, to the point where the Old Traf­ford side are fac­ing a mass exo­dus of play­ers if things don’t change.

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