Speaking to Caughtoffside
Could it be time for Manchester United to do the unthinkable and let Cristiano Ronaldo go?
Former Red Devils midfielder Luke Chadwick certainly thinks so, telling CaughtOffside that it now looks like it was ultimately a mistake for the club not to allow him to leave when he’d made his intentions clear earlier this summer.
Ronaldo scored 24 goals for Man Utd last season and shone in a struggling side, but the saga surrounding his future this summer has been a major distraction and seems far from ideal for new manager Erik ten Hag to be dealing with.
Chadwick thinks United should now accept that it’s time to part ways with Ronaldo, though he also concedes that it could leave them short of options in attack, with Anthony Martial injured after a promising pre-season and a lack of promising options out there in the transfer market.
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“You do sort of wonder if this whole situation would’ve been a bit easier if, when Ronaldo had aired views about wanting to leave, if they’d let him move on,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.
“Obviously with Anthony Martial injured after a positive pre-season, there is a worry that without Ronaldo, you can’t see where the goals are going to come from.
“I think, long-term, though it’s sad to say, I think it is time for Cristiano Ronaldo to move on. You don’t want to see a situation where he’s training on his own, eating on his own in the club canteen.