Manchester United ‘will sanction January exit for Cristiano Ronaldo’ after questions were again raised about the Portuguese’s future at the club after being left on bench in derby humiliation
- Man United are willing to sanction a January exit for superstar Cristiano Ronaldo
- The Portuguese striker wanted to leave the turbulent club in the summer
- But Erik ten Hag wanted to keep hold of the five time Ballon d’Or winner
- Ronaldo’s future was again raised as Ten Hag hauled players into training
- The 37-year-old was an unused substitute for United’s 6-3 loss to Man City
Cristiano Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Manchester United in January after his status at the club was again brought up following Sunday’s embarrassing 6-3 derby defeat against Manchester City.
Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, was left on the bench at the Etihad Stadium with United boss Erik ten Hag insisting he didn’t bring the Portuguese on out of respect for his career.
Former Reds captain turned pundit Roy Keane blasted his former side for disrespecting the 37-year-old who wanted away in the summer transfer window.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window
The Portuguese superstar has played just 80 minutes of Premier League football this season
However, Ten Hag and club officials are now willing to negotiate a move as Ronaldo targets a mid-season January exit, as reported by The Telegraph.
Ronaldo has played just 80 minutes in the Premier League since being refused the chance to leave Old Trafford and has instead been relegated to the bench, with his last league start coming in United’s 4-0 loss to Brentford at the beginning of September.
Against reigning league champions Manchester City, Ronaldo was clearly frustrated by his team-mates performances as he was forced to watch United’s cataclysmic implosion from the sanctuary of the dugout.
His determination to join a Champions League club and further cement his status as the competitions top goalscorer saw Ronaldo rebuffed by a number of European clubs with many big teams unwilling to pay his extortionate salary demands.
An offer did arrive from Saudi Arabia side Al Hilal but Ronaldo is keen to remain in Europe, with United now willing to listen to offers for their legendary No 7.
Ronaldo was an unused substitute during Sunday’s 6-3 derby loss to Manchester City
The United No 7 cut an emotionless expression arriving for training on Monday
Ten Hag was adamant he wanted to keep the superstar striker at the club throughout the summer transfer window but is said to be more open to letting him leave as he attempts to build a squad capable of challenging for silverware this season.
Sunday’s heavy defeat could open the door for Ronaldo to return to United’s starting side for their weekend trip to Everton with Ten Hag expected to ring the changes after a dismal showing against Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Dutchman blasted his players for lacking belief when in possession as the record Premier League holders were picked apart by Erling Haaland and Phil Foden.
Ronaldo’s current contract at the Manchester giants expires at the end of the season, meaning the club will have to sanction a January sale if they want to avoid watching him leave on a free in the summer.
Erik ten Hag was originally keen to keep the 37-year-old at the club for the season