Cristiano Ronaldo asks to leave Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly asked to leave Manchester United if they get a suitable offer for him this summer.

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Ronaldo, 37, has been linked with moves to several top teams in recent weeks as doubts persisted as to whether or not he would fit into new Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag’s system.

It seems those doubts could spell the end of Ronaldo’s second stint at Manchester United.

A report from The Times said Ronaldo plans to leave United this summer, as the report says he wants to return to play in the UEFA Champions League and compete for trophies.

After this initial report came out, our partners in the UK at Sky Sports stated that Manchester United do not want to sell Ronaldo and have no interest in letting him leave.

The legendary striker scored 24 goals in all competitions for Manchester United in their appalling 2021-2022 season, but despite his heroism in front of goal, many wondered if his playing style and personality had an overall negative impact on the Red Devils.

Where could Cristiano Ronaldo go?

He will never be short of suitors and several Premier League and top European clubs have been linked with a transfer for the Portuguese star, which seemed to suggest it was only going one way this summer.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Roma, Sporting Lisbon and Inter Miami are just some of the teams Ronaldo was linked with early this summer and The Athletic believe Napoli could be another potential destination for the legendary striker.

With Chelsea in need of a new striker after loaning out Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Tuchel eager to sign a clinical finisher, might new co-owner Todd Boehly really want to make a statement in the transfer market? That said, it would be hard to see United sell Ronaldo to Chelsea, a direct top six rival in the Premier League.

It is more likely that Ronaldo could return to Italy or even Bayern Munich as they look for a solution to replace Robert Lewandowski, who wants to move to Barcelona. Despite his age, virtually every top European team will want to sign Ronaldo if they can deliver and with only a year left on his current contract, his transfer fee will be relatively low.

Simply put, Ronaldo is Ronaldo and he will always be wanted as long as he’s still playing. His return to Manchester United has not been entirely successful, but he can now point to the change in managers, philosophy and direction of the club as to why he decided to move on.

How did we get to this point?

The arrival of Ten Hag at Manchester United always ushered in a new style of play and a new era at Old Trafford.

His playing philosophy of fluid attacking play with interchangeable midfielders and attackers simply no longer fits Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo has realized this and instead of being redundant this season and spending a lot of time on the bench before the World Cup, he is ready to take his talents elsewhere. That could be a blow to Erik ten Hag if he were to count on Ronaldo, as he said in his introductory press conference, so this could already be a major disappointment for the Dutch coach if he wants to lean heavily on the veteran.

This report coming out just before United leave on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia makes perfect sense, as Ronaldo clearly doesn’t want to leave in the pre-season and would rather have his next move arranged.

Does this really make sense for United?

If he leaves Manchester United this summer, it will be a sad way to start his highly anticipated second stint at the club.

Ronaldo will always be a hero at Manchester United, but perhaps this is the best way for him to move on and remain a legendary figure.

For Manchester United’s new manager, ETH, letting Cristiano Ronaldo go is probably a smart move on many levels.

He doesn’t have to constantly answer questions about why Ronaldo isn’t playing and he can now fully focus on players who are a better fit for his system as he tries to rebuild the club.