Manchester United are set to appoint Erik ten Hag to replace Ralf Rangnick this summer, and the Dutch coach has now been reported to have made a decision on the future of a huge player at Old Trafford already.
What’s the word?
According to The Star, ten Hag has already approved the outgoing transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently committed to a two year deal at the club.
The 52 year old manager reportedly has no interest in including the striker in his plans next season, and has now given the green light for Ronaldo to be sold this summer.
Time to go
By his standards, the £31.5m-rated goal machine has not been at his best since returning to Manchester United and was recently linked with a move away from the north west club following a struggle to secure Champions League football next season.
Now it seems that ten Hag, who is expected to be imminently announced as the new manager at club, has made the decision for the all time top goal scorer in football history, and it’s not surprising when you consider how poorly the Red Devils have been playing this season.
One of the biggest issues has been the lack of goals this season with the side only scoring seven more than they have conceded in the Premier League, which is put into harsher scrutiny when you reflect on the fact that they in comparison had scored 24 more goals by the end of last season finishing second in the league table.
Ronaldo, who was hailed “difficult” by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, is currently the top goal scorer for the club this season so far, however ten Hag is obviously looking to improve the overall link up play in the forward line.
He has reportedly identified Harry Kane his top transfer target for the summer, proving further that the Ajax boss wants to move in a different direction without the five-time Champions League winner.
Should MUFC sell Ronaldo this summer?
With that being said, it could be a blessing in disguise for the team, as the new manager should not be building the team around a 37 year old player and will clearly look to develop and nurture younger players whilst establishing an identity as a collective instead of relying on individual quality, something he has been successful in achieving at Ajax.
Manchester United supporters may be disappointed in the decision to let go of the club legend, but ultimately if their new manager wants to axe any player to build a better future, it should be a decision that is supported.