With just four days remaining before Manchester United begin their 2022/23 campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club remains up in the air.
The 37-year-old has already asked to leave the club and he missed most of Erik ten Hag’s first pre-season, featuring only for 45 minutes in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano.
Ronaldo is yet to speak publicly about his desire to leave the club but now, one of his former coaches has urged United to keep their superstar forward.
Chris Armas, who was brought in alongside Ralf Rangnick following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal last year, argues that Ronaldo still has a lot to give.
🗣️ "He's got so much to give… his commitment to winning and scoring"
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 3, 2022
“Each guy has their different type of leadership,” Armas told Sky Sports, as seen above. “He certainly can be a leader, in his way. My goal, like with everyone on the roster was ‘How can I get the most out of Cristiano?’
“So, I do think that’s a hands-on approach. It’s speaking with him, it’s bringing him into the office, it’s asking him questions so he’s part of the solution, he’s part of the success.”
It remains unclear whether Ronaldo will be part of the squad to face Brighton this weekend but a starting berth is unlikely, with Anthony Martial leading the line for all of pre-season.
The Frenchman scored in the first three fixtures and seems to have won Erik ten Hag’s trust ahead of what could be a crucial campaign for Martial.