Monday, November 28, 2022

Cristiano’s future with United remains uncertain

Cristiano Ronaldo’s weekly social media posts on this holiday usually show him semi-naked and muscular, either training or promoting one of his many brands.

It’s obviously important to stay relevant and visible to the player who, along with Lionel Messi, is the best of his generation. Even in the last years of his career.

Which is why for Cristiano, at 37, playing for Manchester United – one of the most famous clubs in the world despite the recent lack of trophies – is not enough. He wants to compete on the biggest stage and win as many trophies as possible.

This leads to the current standoff with United, which continues to be disruptive and disruptive as the days go by.

Cristiano has not publicly returned to the English club’s pre-season training for “personal reasons”. The expectation, and new United manager Erik ten Haag relentlessly reiterates, that the Portuguese star will return before the Premier League begins will be a key element of his offense.

But the reality is something else. Cristiano apparently wants to leave after only one season at Old Trafford, this is because the club will not play the Champions League and is not in shape to fight alongside the best teams in the premiership, such as Manchester City and Liverpool. , United finished sixth last season, 35 points behind City.

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So, while the rest of the team tours and tours Thailand and Australia, Cristiano is at home in Portugal with his family, while his agent Jorge Mendes finds his most famous client a new club. ,

Currently there are no buyers. And the Premier League season starts in about two weeks.

“I don’t know what Cristiano told the club and the manager,” said United midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who also plays with Cristiano in the national team. “I don’t know what he’s thinking, if he wants to leave. I didn’t ask him”.

On the surface, United want to keep Cristiano – the English team’s leading scorer last season with 24 goals and a symbol for the marketing department – and Ten Haag called the striker “incredibly important”, as well as saying that ” It’s not for sale”.

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But why don’t other elite teams want a player who still guarantees goals and wins?

Scoring is clearly the goal of football, but it is not necessarily the only important thing for a manager today. A certain level of mobility and the ability to be part of a pressure group is important and Cristiano doesn’t offer that, even if he remains a highly athletic player with an uncanny ability to come to life in the penalty area and score from anywhere. The composition of a team must change to accommodate an element like Cristiano, covering his shortcomings and making him the focal point.

Simply put, your presence requires commitment. Portuguese is a problem and a solution.

So what next? An uneasy clash with United and an embarrassing return to a team that plays in the Europa League and with little chance of fighting for the Premier title? Or can Mendes broker a brilliant trade like he did last year when Cristiano sealed his sensational return to England?

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