Manchester United is ready to overhaul its squad on a large scale in the summer of 2022. Erik ten Hag, who is trusted as a permanent manager only starting at the end of this season, hopes to build a squad that can face challenges on all fronts.
According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida, Cristiano Ronaldo may not be part of the Dutch strategist’s plans for the 2022/2023 season. But, is releasing the Portuguese star an ideal decision for the Red Devils?
It should be emphasized, however, that Ronaldo was one of the few positives in a really disappointing season for United. Returning to Old Trafford in the summer of 2021, the 37-year-old is the 20-time Premier League champions’ top scorer.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 18 goals and provided three assists in 29 Premier League games so far this season. In the Champions League, he scored six goals before Manchester United were eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.
Ronaldo signed a two-year contract with Man Utd when he decided to leave Juventus. He also has the option of a one-year extension of his contract.
Seeing his positive performance this season, it’s good for Ten Hag to keep Ronaldo at Old Traffrod. Here are 5 reasons why Manchester United shouldn’t sell the former Real Madrid star this summer.
Manchester United’s best player this season
Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly Manchester United’s best player for the 2021/2022 season. He has provided fairly consistent performances and has been a decisive winner in a number of matches.
He has scored 24 goals and provided three assists in 38 appearances across all competitions for Man Utd so far this season. Ronaldo also almost single-handedly dragged his team through the group stages of the Champions League.
Great performance in the final phase of the competition
One of the main criticisms of Manchester United for bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford last summer is his age. At 37 years old, Ronaldo seems to be in the ‘twilight’ of his career. However, he didn’t play like that.
Ronaldo has shown an incredible level of intensity. Apart from that, he has also improved in recent months and is in good scoring form.
Ronaldo has also improved his game and has also increased his contribution in defence. In his last six Premier League appearances for Manchester United, Ronaldo has scored nine goals.
It would be a huge loss for the Red Devils if the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is not at the club next season.
The perfect player in the dressing room as United rebuild the squad
Cristiano Ronaldo has won almost everything there has to be won in world football. He is one of the greatest of all time, and still going strong at 37.
There is a lot that can be learned from Ronaldo for all the players at Manchester United. New permanent manager Erik ten Hag is likely to build a youth squad and promote many young players to the first team.
These players could not have wished for a better mentor than the Portuguese star. Rebuilding a squad is always difficult to navigate and teams need a strong personality in the dressing room to negotiate such difficult times.
United have the perfect candidate for such a situation. It is in Ronaldo
Can focus on strengthening defense and midfield
Over the course of this season and particularly in the last few weeks, Cristiano Ronaldo has been a very reliable marksman for Manchester United. His presence at such a late was very threatening to the opposing team.
United must strengthen their midfield and defense this summer. New signings in midfield should be a priority and make Raphael Varane a more reliable partner.
The Red Devils can also upgrade their full-backs. If you release Ronaldo in the summer, then Manchester United must provide funds to bring in a new striker.
But, before they do that, they need to strengthen the backbone of the team and having Ronaldo on the squad list helps United focus on strengthening the right position.
The perfect player to replace Harry Maguire as captain
Harry Maguire is going through a very difficult phase in his career with Manchester United. He’s seen a lack of confidence and has been very prone to mistakes this season.
Those two things are the reasons why the 29-year-old centre-back doesn’t have to be burdened with the captain’s armband anymore. It’s hard for teams to look at underperforming players and take inspiration from them.
Simply put, that’s the situation at Manchester United right now. Although it is clear that Man Utd did not remove Maguire from the captaincy just so as not to humiliate him in public