Ronaldo’s return hasn’t gone as planned, with the 37-year-old displaying indications of displeasure during United’s poor season so far.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United will not stand in the way of Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to depart this summer.
The 37-year-old is rumored to be considering leaving the club if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. United currently holds the final Champions League berth, although they are only one point clear of West Ham, with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolves all having games in hand.
Over the last nine years, the club has spent over £900 million on players but has failed to build a genuine title push.
Ronaldo’s arrival in the summer was supposed to solve the problem, but after a strong start to the season in which he scored late winners in the Champions League against Villarreal and Atalanta, as well as an injury-time equaliser against the latter, his goals have dried up.
Before his spectacular effort in the 2-0 victory over Brighton, he had gone six games without scoring.
Despite the fact that he is United’s top scorer with 15 goals, there is a “growing acceptance” within the club that bringing Ronaldo back “was a mistake of judgement” motivated by commercial considerations and prevented him from joining Manchester City.
Ronaldo has been openly irritated by United’s performances this season, storming down the tunnel on many occasions and starting games against Chelsea, Everton, and Burnley from the bench.
There have been problems off the field as well, with recent rumours of a power struggle over the Manchester United captaincy.
Ronaldo and Maguire have discussed a change of captain for the rest of the season with interim manager Ralf Rangnick. Ronaldo is taking the captaincy because he doesn’t want to put pressure on Harry Maguire. The England international isn’t going to do it because he doesn’t want to lose the captaincy for good.