Cristiano Ronaldo will still be at Manchester United next season, despite the possibility of them not qualifying for Champions League football, James Ducker, of the Daily Telegraph, reports. The future of Cristiano Ronaldo has been the subject of debate following Manchester United’s elimination from Europe’s elite competition on Tuesday night when they lost to Atletico Madrid.
However, it appears the 37-year-old will be staying in Manchester for another year at least.
Future of Cristiano Ronaldo: Forward Set for Manchester United Stay Despite Potential Lack of Champions League Football
Fight for Fourth Not Deciding Ronaldo’s Future
Manchester United currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, one point shy of Arsenal in fourth. Arsenal also have two games in hand and are on a good run of form, making the Red Devils’ participation in the Champions League next season increasingly unlikely.
United will have gained some hope on Wednesday night when Arsenal lost 2-0 to Liverpool. Though, the potential gap still remains up to seven points. Ralf Rangnick’s side also have to face both Chelsea and Liverpool before the season’s end and given their performances in big games this season, will have to improve to take anything from those.
Ronaldo is at times as big as football itself and has gained the reputation of being able to decide when and where he wants to move. The five-time Champions League winner has failed to win the competition since 2017/18. Failing at both Juventus and now Manchester United. Whilst he still remains a huge figure in the game and can be relied upon to deliver the goals, his years at the top are only getting shorter and it is thought if he was to want to succeed in that competition again, he might have to jump ship at Old Trafford.
Though, according to the Telegraph’s report, this is not the case. Ronaldo is understood to have set his sights on staying at United next season.
Ronaldo is said to hope the appointment of a new permanent manager and a solid transfer window can help turn the tide for Manchester United.
Ducker’s report also adds that Manchester United are looking to speed up their search for a new manager over the next fortnight with no games to be played until April 2.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag and Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino remain the leading candidates.
Manchester United are also reportedly monitoring the situation of Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, though, are yet to receive much encouragement that he will leave Stamford Bridge.
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