According to the Spanish publication AS, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already briefed Cristiano Ronaldo on his plans for Manchester United.
Following a disappointing season with Juventus, the Portuguese phenomenon has been linked with a return to Old Trafford. The Italian giants enter the final day of the season with no idea how they will fare in the Champions League.
Despite his age, Ronaldo has managed to stack up numbers while the Old Lady has suffered. In only 44 games this season, the 36-year-old has scored 36 goals and added four assists. With Juventus, Ronaldo has had a forgettable season.
Juventus is in desperate need of reconstruction. Though United is in transition as well, we are ahead of the Turin giants in our transition. Not only will Ronaldo be joining a Champions League team, but he will also be joining a team that is looking to build on their second-place finish this season.
Solskjaer is eager to reunite with his former teammate and has informed him of his plans. Ronaldo, on the other hand, is eager to return to the Theatre of Dreams. However, the player’s final decision could be influenced by Juventus’ ability to qualify for Europe’s elite competition. The Italians, who are currently in fifth place heading into the final game of the season, do not have their fate in their hands.
If the prospect of Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford is romantic, the club will be best served by exploring other options. Ronaldo can not only command a high salary, but he is still at the end of his illustrious career.
Though his reputation at the club is unaffected, United should focus on the future rather than the past. Ronaldo’s moment in red has passed, and we’re better off putting it in the past.