Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing a January exit from Manchester United and Erik ten Hag will not stand in his way if a suitable offer arrives.
As Ten Hag held an inquest at United’s Carrington training on Monday in which players and staff were encouraged not to pull any punches about Sunday’s shambolic 6-3 defeat to Manchester City, Ronaldo’s future was again in the spotlight after he was left on the bench.
United were accused of showing Cristiano “nothing but disrespect” by the club’s former captain Roy Keane, who ridiculed Ten Hag’s claims that he did not bring on the five-time World Player of the Year “out of respect to his big career”.
Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure as he watched from the sidelines as United collapsed and it is understood the Portugal striker, barring a dramatic upturn in his fortunes, is hoping to get a move in January after failing to land the transfer he wanted in the summer.
Ten Hag has trodden carefully whenever the subject of Ronaldo is raised but it is believed the United manager is open to letting the 37-year-old leave in the winter window if an acceptable offer is made.
Having wanted to keep Ronaldo when he first took over, Ten Hag has been more relaxed about him leaving ever since the player made it clear he wanted to go.
Ronaldo had been keen to join a club that could give him Champions League football in the summer but the only concrete proposal came from Saudi club Al Hilal.
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