The new Manchester United coach, Dutchman Eric Ten Hag, finds himself under additional pressure that was indispensable due to the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who asked to leave the “Red Devils”, in a step that confused the plans has to revive the team. restore it to its place among the adults.
Only a year after his return to United from Juventus, who lost the Portuguese star in a scenario similar to what is currently happening with the “Red Devils”, the best player in the world is trying to leave Old Trafford five times.
And the British media have reported in the last few days that Ronaldo has informed United of his desire to leave and move to a team participating in the Champions League next season, and not to be satisfied with participating in the “Europe League” competition.
Despite Ronaldo’s success in forcing himself to score the first scorer for United last season, and the third scorer in the Premier League (18 goals), the “Red Devils” have contented themselves with occupying sixth place and thus for the ” Europa League “to qualify”. .
United are insisting that their Portuguese star, who scored 24 goals in all competitions last season, is reportedly not for sale, with Ten Hag keen to work with him.
But it seems that the latter will not fulfill his desire, and the absence, Monday, of the preparatory exercises for the next season is the first indication that the separation is very likely, despite the fact that a year remains on the five times Champions League winner’s contract.
Reports indicate that Ronaldo’s agent, his compatriot Jorge Mendes, has held talks with Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Napoli, Italy, as part of his quest to find a team capable of meeting the Portuguese star’s ambitions. meet who wants to compete in the Champions League next season.
Especially since Ronaldo is thirty-seven years old and can not wait until the 2022-2023 season to compete with United, who are already facing stiff competition in the presence of the five-man Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal facing.
Ten Hag was excited about the idea of working with Ronaldo next season, but the former Ajax Amsterdam coach may have to plan ahead without his best players, starting with the pre-season tour in Asia and Australia.
It is not yet known whether Ronaldo will join the team before his Friday trip to Thailand, and if he does not catch up with his colleagues, his departure from Old Trafford will be almost certain.
It is believed that the new owner of Chelsea, the American Todd Boehle, admires the idea of starting the new era at “Stamford Bridge” with a transaction of Ronaldo’s caliber.
But it remains to be seen whether the German coach of the London club, Thomas, is eager to sign a “dominant” player like the Portuguese, who despite his 37 years has lost nothing of his points instinct.
Ronaldo has rarely shown signs of wanting to be part of the high-pressure scheme implemented by United midfielder Ralf Rangnick last season.
Reports have claimed that Ronaldo’s laziness on the field and his lack of enthusiasm and haste to help his colleagues forced Rangnick to try to persuade United’s director of football, John Murto, to sell the Portuguese during the winter transfer window last January.
The German’s request to keep Ronaldo in the squad was not approved, with his constant grumbling, manifested by his entry into an argument with Rangnick after he was replaced during a game at Brentford Stadium, while reports was of trouble between the Portuguese star and team captain, Harry Maguire.
Ten Hag is certainly aware that life with Ronaldo rarely goes smoothly, and may consider whether the Portuguese’s departure would be better for him and the team, as the focus will be more on the group than trying to please an individual who considers himself the ultimate star. .
Given the huge technical differences between United and his neighbor City and rival Liverpool, Ten Hag realizes that he needs to get rid of the toxic atmosphere in the team to try to lead him to his first league title since his last season with the team. legendary Scottish coach Alex Ferguson in 2013.
The departure of a grumpy and moody player in the person of the Frenchman, Paul Pogba, was a step in the right direction, and Ten Hag hopes to find the combination that suits him personally and matches his plans by a few to make contracts in the coming days.
Reports indicated that the Danish midfielder, Christian Eriksen, had agreed to a three-year contract, while the Dutch left-back from Feyenoord, Terrell Malacia, was close to signing with the “Red Devils”.
Ten Hag are also chasing fellow Barcelona midfielder Francky de Jong and his former Ajax defender Lisandro Martins.
These deals will be encouraging, but it remains more important for Ten Hag to resolve Ronaldo’s issue without allowing the issue to get out of hand and affect team morale.