Manchester United are set to drop Cristiano Ronaldo once again when they take on Leicester in the Premier League on Thursday night. The Portugal international looked destined to depart Old Trafford during the summer transfer window but will now stay where he is after failing to secure a move away.
The Red Devils signed Ronaldo for a second time last August as he returned to the Premier League following nine years with Real Madrid and three years with Juventus. And he bagged 18 goals in his maiden campaign back at Old Trafford. But Ronaldo often cut a frustrated figure as the 13-time Premier League champions suffered a dismal campaign.
The 37-year-old then returned to pre-season training late and missed his side’s summer tour as he pushed for a move away and was linked with likes of Chelsea, Napoli, Sporting Lisbon, Marseilles and AC Milan. But a move has not been forthcoming and he will spend at least another half a season in the north west.
Ronaldo has only started one match of the new campaign, with his apparent desire to leave and lack of match fitness seemingly getting in the way of a regular place in Erik ten Hag’s line-up. On the occasion he was given the nod to lead the frontline, he was virtually anonymous as United were thumped 4-0 by Brentford. And various social media accounts have now leaked information that he won’t be on the pitch for the start of the game when United get their clash with the Foxes underway.
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Ten Hag has been backed in the transfer market this summer and is building what seems to be a formidable squad at Old Trafford.
And he appears to now be planning for life without Ronaldo, with the veteran having just one more year remaining on his current United contract.
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