Manchester United ‘would NOT stand in Cristiano Ronaldo’s way if he wants to leave the club this summer,’ according to reports, with the Portuguese star’ready to leave Old Trafford’ if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Manchester United this summer if he expresses his desire to do so.
Ronaldo returned to United with much hoopla on deadline day in the summer transfer window, 12 years after leaving Old Trafford.
His return hasn’t gone as planned, with the 37-year-old displaying indications of displeasure during United’s poor season so far.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United will not stand in the way of Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to depart this summer.
The 37-year-old is rumoured to be considering leaving the club if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
United currently hold the final Champions League berth, although they are only one point clear of West Ham, with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolves all having games in hand.
Over the last nine years, the club has spent over £900 million on players but has failed to build a genuine title push.
Ronaldo’s arrival in the summer was supposed to solve the problem, but after a strong start to the season in which he scored late winners in the Champions League against Villarreal and Atalanta – as well as an injury time level against the latter – his goals have dried up.
Before his spectacular effort in the 2-0 victory over Brighton, he had gone six games without scoring.
Despite the fact that he is United’s top scorer with 15 goals, there is a ‘growing acceptance’ within the club that bringing Ronaldo back ‘was a mistake of judgement’ motivated by commercial considerations and prevented him from joining Manchester City.
Ronaldo has been openly irritated by United’s performances this season, storming down the tunnel on many occasions and starting games against Chelsea, Everton, and Burnley from the bench.
There have been problems off the field as well, with recent rumours of a power struggle over the Manchester United captaincy.
Ronaldo and Maguire have discussed a change of captain for the rest of the season with interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
While the intention behind Ronaldo adopting the captaincy is to relieve pressure on Maguire, the England international is hesitant to comply because he does not want to lose the position permanently.