According to rumors, Cristiano Ronaldo has told Manchester United’s leadership that he will not allow Ralf Rangnick to be the club’s next permanent manager.
Since joining Juventus in the summer, the Portugal international has scored 14 goals in all competitions. With the veteran displeased with the club’s current circumstances, another move from Old Trafford could be on the cards.
Ronaldo was visibly angry as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Burnley on Tuesday night.
The Portugal international replaced Edinson Cavani in the second half at Turf Moor and rushed off the field as soon as the game ended.
Ronaldo’s temper has been flaring at Manchester United for some time.
The 37-year-old believes standards have fallen when he initially showed his stuff at Old Trafford during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
According to the Daily Star, Ronaldo has stated that he ‘wouldn’t support’ Rangnick getting the role on a permanent basis.
The German has stated that he is willing to be United’s next permanent manager, having previously suggested that he continue during his time at RB Leipzig.
However, Ronaldo appears to be dissatisfied with the way the former Schalke and Hoffenheim coach has managed the team thus far.
Ronaldo will postpone any decision on his future until the end of the season when United will pick Rangnick’s replacement.
The Portugal international, on the other hand, has arranged talks with his agent, Jorge Mendes, while he considers his future.
Mendes may soon be tasked with ensuring his client’s departure from United, especially if the club fails to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
MLS clubs could be interested, with the veteran previously refusing to rule out playing in the MLS when asked about it.
PSG has also been connected, particularly with Kylian Mbappe seeming increasingly set to move on a free transfer.
Ronaldo recently opened up about his second stint at United, admitting that they should aim for a top-three finish this season.
“”Impossible – I think that’s the major problem,” he replied when asked if the club could qualify for the Champions League if it didn’t have the right mindset.
“I refuse to accept that our mind is less important than finishing in the top three of the Premier League.
“I believe that in order to develop beautiful things, some things must be destroyed.
“So why not – new year, fresh life, and I hope Manchester (United) can reach the level that the fans desire?” They have earned it.
“We have the ability to change things right now. I know the way, but I’m not going to say it here because I don’t think it’s ethical for me to do so.
“What I can say is that we can all do better. Manchester (United) is associated with major things, so we must change that.
“I don’t want to come here to finish in sixth, seventh, or fifth place. I’m here to compete and strive to win.
“I believe we compete, but we are not yet at our peak. But we have a long way to go, and I feel that if we change our minds, we can accomplish great things.”
Meanwhile, Dean Saunders has defended Ronaldo following his tantrum against Burnley, saying the veteran was ‘playing with dummies.’
“They should’ve been 3-0 up at one point, they were running away with it,” Saunders remarked.
“Then, when they face difficulties, they appear to regress and crumble.”
“If you asked Cristiano, ‘Who are the worst midfielders you’ve ever played within your career?’ Fred and [Scott] McTominay aren’t far away.
“People are pointing fingers at Ronaldo, but he’s playing alongside a few dummies, some of whom aren’t on the same wavelength as him.”
“Every time the ball was shifted about the area and they were heaping pressure on Burnley, the ball was going to a really excellent player, Pogba, Rashford, Lingard, Ronaldo, they’ve got ammo.”
“They have a mediocre back four and no engine room in the middle of the pitch; the players they have in there are not up to the grade.”