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Cristiano Ronaldo to get second chance to leave Manchester United as Erik ten Hag finalises decision

Tom Horn

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Cristiano Ronaldo to get second chance to leave Manchester United as Erik ten Hag finalises decision

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to push for a move away from Old Trafford again in January and this time Erik ten Hag will not be opposed to this if the right offers come in.

Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Manchester United hasn't followed the fairy-tale story line that everybody hoped it would. 

United's failure to qualify for the Champions League last season seems to be the catalyst for the Portuguese to look for greener pastures in the last years of his glorious career.

The arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag seemed to peak the interest of Ronaldo as the club was looking forward to a new era under the Dutchman.

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Ten Hag regularly expressed his eagerness to work with the no. 7 in the early press conferences on his ongoing reign and Ronaldo was contempt staying in Manchester.

However, a poor transfer window when compared to rivals, like Manchester City and Liverpool, was the final push to Cristiano Ronaldo deciding that the exit was best for his career.

During the summer, Ronaldo was offered to many of Europe's elite, including Premier League rivals Chelsea, however The only club that made official contact regarding his transfer was Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia.

Initially against the idea of losing a player of Ronaldo's quality, it is now being reported by The Telegraph that Ten Hag will not Intervene if a suitable offer is received for Cristiano Ronaldo’s services in January.

The Portuguese marksman has stayed professional during his highly publicised want to leave the Red Devils, however he has seen more action on the bench, most recently in United’s 6-3 loss to City, than on the pitch and hopes his playing will improve before the Qatar World Cup to keep match fitness, as Ronaldo Intends to use the tournament as a international shop window for his talents.

Erik ten Hag came under fire from former United captain Roy Keane after the Manchester derby for his comments about not using Ronaldo in the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Erik ten Hag. (Alamy)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Erik ten Hag. (Alamy)

After the game Ten Hag said he didn’t bring Ronaldo on “out of respect for his big career.” But this was rebuffed by Keane who said on Sky Sports: 

“I think United are showing disrespect to Ronaldo. He should have been let go before the transfer window.”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming to Manchester United looks to be turning into a countdown to January 1st where the two parties will hopefully part ways amicably. This transfer saga will only occupy a few sentences of the vastly successful United chapter of Ronaldo’s legendary career and shouldn't tarnish the relationship between the club and player.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo, Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United Transfer News & Rumours

Tom Horn
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