By Alex McLeish

11th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-manager: Ronaldo may have ended teammate's Man United career after confession

The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo could spell the end for Donny van de Beek at Manchester United, according to Alex McLeish.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager insisted the 24-year-old needs to “get his football career started again”.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport, as quoted by the Athletic, Van de Beek’s agent Guido Albers confessed the arrival of Ronaldo was “bad news” for his client.

Albers revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the club blocked a late-window move after talks with Everton.

Van De Beek already had competition from Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes in midfield.

McLeish suggested the “big coup” of Ronaldo’s capture could push the Netherlands international to leave.

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McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “They’ve got the big coup of Ronaldo coming in as well. It seems more distant than ever for Van de Beek.

“I know his agent has already stated that. It’s not just for the outsider looking in, thinking how does he get in that team. His agent’s already said it.

“Therefore, the lad has to get his football career started again. He’s a young man and he needs to be playing football.

“He seems to be well down the Man United pecking order with the rise of McTominay.

“Ole is very firmly a strong fan of Fred as well, who some people have their own opinions about.

“Fred is an integral part of Ole’s plans.”

Van de Beek has started on the bench for all four of Manchester United’s Premier League games this season.

He made 36 appearances last season after joining in September 2020.

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