Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at Manchester United appears to be up in the air at the moment.
The Portuguese star returned to Old Trafford in 2021, signing a two year contract, though there is uncertainty over whether he will be at the club next season or if he’s had enough of playing in a side that is failing to compete for silverware.
You would think that, at 37, Ronaldo would be willing to take a backseat in the team because I can’t see another top club — winning domestic titles — willing to sign him in the summer.
Gary Neville has already admitted that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is in decline and he hasn’t been taking his chances in front of goal lately.
That is not to say United didn’t miss him in the Manchester derby, but it is hard to see how even Ronaldo would’ve changed the outcome of that match, with Ralf Rangnick’s side suffering a 4-1 defeat at the hand of the Premier League leaders.
However, according to ESPN, Ronaldo is yet to make a decision on whether he will stay at United next season. The Reds are short in the attacking department and losing their number 7 would only add to the demand for a younger goalscorer in the summer.
What is Ronaldo waiting for?
Well, he has one year left on his current deal and nobody is pushing him out the door yet. There’s always been rumours over Ronaldo’s future but realistically there’s not many places for him to go.
The ideal scenario would see Erling Haaland join United in the summer, but the Norwegian striker is going to have a number of offers from Europe’s top sides, so we’ll see the club settle for an alternative.
Hopefully the next manager has good pull power in the transfer market.