Ralf Rangnick, a former Manchester United temporary manager, is rumored to have attempted to persuade the team to let Cristiano Ronaldo go during the January transfer window.
After taking over as interim manager of the Red Devils in late November 2021, Rangnick enjoyed four victories and a draw in his first month in charge. Ronaldo scored four goals and provided an assist in those five games.
While everything seemed to be going smoothly at first, The Athletic reports that things at United were actually becoming tense behind the scenes, and Rangnick rapidly started to worry about Ronaldo’s aptitude to be the attack’s leader.
According to reports, Rangnick instructed United’s management to look into offloading Ronaldo by the end of January. The manager believed the Portugal international’s limitations would worsen over time and wasn’t persuaded he had what it required to contribute to a “modern, elite side.”
The board of United quickly disregarded his advise because they believed Ronaldo’s record of individual goalscoring was too impressive to give up on. By the end of 2021, Ronaldo had already scored eight goals, and he would score ten more before the season was over.
Rangnick was informed by the decision-makers that Ronaldo would not be moving and that there would not be enough interest in him during a winter transfer window.
When Rangnick bravely decided to bench Ronaldo for the March derby match against Manchester City, tensions between the two players grew. Ronaldo alleged a hip injury after discovering his omission and left for Portugal as his teammates traveled to the Etihad.
Ronaldo’s mood did not improve once Rangnick left at the end of the season, and he eventually requested to leave the team this summer in order to play Champions League games, which United could not offer.
Although there hasn’t been much interest in the 37-year-old, agent Jorge Mendes is still looking for all possible option to find a exit route for Ronaldo.
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