Report: Cristiano Ronaldo to be allowed to leave Manchester United – NBC Sports

Report: Cristiano Ronaldo to be allowed to leave Manchester United - NBC Sports

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Cristiano Ronaldo will now be allowed to leave Manchester United. Provided he can find a new club.

That second part could be difficult as the clock ticks down on the summer transfer window.

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Ronaldo, 37, has wanted to leave all summer and United’s new manager Erik ten Hag is said to be fine with that. However, reports stated that United’s hierarchy wanted to keep Ronaldo at the club and that remains their position.

However the latest report, by The Daily Telegraph, is that Cristiano Ronaldo has been told he can leave Manchester United if he can find a new club. That news comes off a shocking start to the season, as United lost both of their games (to Brentford and Brighton after two dreadful performances) and Ronaldo looked disinterested.

Our partners in the UK at Sky Sports say Ronaldo “may” be allowed to leave if Erik ten Hag thinks it’s better for the team that the Portuguese superstar leaves Old Trafford.

Where could he go?

There are only a few options left if he wants to continue playing in the Champions League, which is said to be the main reason he wants to leave United.

An emotional return to Sporting Lisbon (Ronaldo would certainly have to take a massive pay cut) is one option, while Atletico Madrid are said to still be interested in bringing Ronaldo back to La Liga.

With Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG seemingly out of the question for Ronaldo, the reason he was made to hang on at the club is probably because no one wanted to bid for him and no one can afford the wages he currently commands.

How will this impact United?

Well, as we saw on Saturday, Ronaldo doesn’t really fit Erik ten Hag’s style of play and although he scored 24 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils last season, his presence in the side weakens the team unit.

It’s crazy to say because of his incredible consistency and quality over the years but if you have Ronaldo in your team, it’s all about him. He is the focus of your attack and this only works on certain systems.

United looked better in pre-season with a fluid front three of Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford and Ronaldo’s influence on the dressing room is also huge.

Getting him out of this situation to help Erik ten Hag bed in a new philosophy and new ideas was always the smart move and it boggles the mind that United didn’t move Ronaldo earlier this summer. They are now struggling to sign a new forward as the likes of Antony, Jamie Vardy and Matheus Cunha have been linked with a move to United.

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