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Should Striker Leave To Revive His Declining Relevance?

What’s next for legendary striker Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United? Is the relationship salvageable?

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was one of those transfers which have caused controversy across the football world in the past year. The striker’s presence in and out of the team is a major talking point in recent weeks, causing a rift between United supporters and their legends.

In his first season, considering United’s lack of technicality and experience within the squad to match Ronaldo’s, the Portuguese striker emerged top scorer, scoring a total of 24 goals in all.

Ronaldo’s presence in the team was not enough to secure a top-four spot as he missed out on Champions League football for the first time in over a decade.

The Europa League has been deemed a mismatch for Ronaldo’s ego, and the forward, on numerous occasions during the summer transfer window, was linked to multiple clubs. His late resumption to preseason and mixed speculations over his future at the club in a bid to get back to the biggest stage in Europe.

Erik Ten Hag’s Failing Relationship With The Striker

The new coach Erik hen Hag, who joined United in the summer transfer window, has continually emphasized his team’s morals and culture while indicating equality within the squad. 

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Ronaldo, the number one name on United’s team sheet last season, has been sparingly used this season, featuring majorly in the Europa League, much to the Portuguese’ discontent. The relationship between Ronaldo and his new manager has soured, but he repeatedly affirms his excitement to work with Cristiano.

The relationship between the two professionals began to deteriorate during the preseason match against Rayo Vallecano. Having missed most of the preseason training, Ronaldo was set for his first start in a friendly game against the Spanish side.

His lack of match fitness and misunderstanding of Ten Hag’s style was highlighted in the first half, and the striker was hauled off at halftime for Amad Diallo. 

The decision left the legendary striker feeling wronged as he was seen driving off from the stadium before the end of the match – a behavior Erik Ten Hag labeled as unacceptable. Following his drastic display in a draw against Newcastle, the manager opted to return Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench. 

Much to the surprise of the Stretford end, Ronaldo was seen departing the stadium after being an unused substitute in the 2-0 win against Tottenham. The gaffer, in a statement, confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will not play against Chelsea this weekend after getting axed from the Manchester United first team today.

“After Rayo Vallecano I said it’s unacceptable but he wasn’t the only one. That is for everyone, when it’s the second time it will have consequence. That is now what we did. We’ll miss him tomorrow, it’s a miss for the squad but I think it’s important for the attitude, mentality for the group.”

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United squad in a fixture against Chelsea. Uncertainty about when the striker returns to the team in their Thursday outing against Sheriff Tiraspol remains.

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The 37-year-old has been left off the squad and fined two weeks’ wages. But Erik ten Hag, despite being furious with the striker, has reiterated his desire to keep working with Cristiano Ronaldo. 

In Conclusion

“Cristiano remains an important part of the squad and I count on him for the rest of the season. We want to fulfil our ambitions.”

Asked if his absence could go beyond Monday, the United boss said:

“I don’t think so, no. That is not my purpose. What I said, I don’t want to miss him. I want him to be in the squad, I want him to get involved for every game because he has an impact.”

Ronaldo is regularly subject to drama in recent weeks, and do you think it’s time for the Legendary Forward to move on?

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