Cristiano Ronaldo told Manchester United board he would leave if Ralf Rangnick remained as manager | Football

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Ralf Rangnick and Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this season (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo warned Manchester United’s board that he would leave the club at the end of the season if Ralf Rangnick was appointed manager on a permanent basis.

The German took interim charge of the Red Devils in December, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the campaign after the Norwegian’s sacking.

Despite a steady start, Rangnick’s stint in charge quickly unravelled and there were widespread reports of discontent among the squad.

Ronaldo’s future has been the source of much speculation since the news that Erik ten Hag will take charge at Old Trafford, with the 37-year-old not an ideal fit for the Dutchman’s preferred playing style.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground on May 12, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Ronaldo has another year left on his deal (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images) Photographer: Tom Purslow Provider: Manchester United via Getty Imag Source: Manchester United

However, Ten Hag has suggested that he wants to keep Ronaldo and the veteran is happy to stay at the Theatre of Dreams.

But things could have turned out very differently for the Real Madrid legend had United opted to stick with Rangnick.

Though the German’s time in charge hasn’t gone to plan, United did consider keeping him in place if they were unable to attract either Ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino.

Had that been the case, ESPN claim Ronaldo would have left and he told United’s board as much as early as last January.

Ronaldo was unimpressed with Rangnick and felt undermined by comments he had made to the media, with the German questioning the work-rate of United’s attacking players.

The 37-year-old was also not fond of Rangnick’s backroom staff and felt that they were not of the necessary quality to take the club back to the top.


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