Manchester United fans are waking up to the possibility that Cristiano Ronaldo will never play for the club again..
According to reports, the Portuguese wants to leave Old Trafford in January, with his first club, Sporting Lisbon, the most recent potential destination to be mentioned.
Despite their summer reluctance, United are now thought to be willing to let Ronaldo leave if he finds a new club.
Due to illness, the 37-year-old missed Thursday’s EFL Cup match against Aston Villa, leaving today’s Premier League match as the only remaining match before the World Cup..
These facts suggest that Ronaldo’s participation in today’s game would be a huge surprise.
Following the World Cup, United have just two games before the January transfer window opens, an EFL Cup match against Burnley on December 20th and a Premier League match against Nottingham Forest on December 27th.
Unless Ronaldo makes himself available for those two games – which seems increasingly unlikely if Portugal advances to the latter stages of the Qatar competition as expected – it appears likely that we have seen the great man’s final match in a United shirt..
That game was the away defeat to Aston Villa, in which Ronaldo was named captain by Erik ten Hag, possibly for this reason and to honor him.
If that was his final match, United will be desperate to add a striker to their ranks as soon as the January transfer window opens.
Most recent transfer rumors have focused on Borussia Dortmund’s 17-year-old sensation Youssoufa Moukoko and Bayern Munich’s 33-year-old veteran Eric Choupo-Moting.
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