By Noel Whelan

13th Sep, 2022 | 11:15am

Expert 'expects' Cristiano Ronaldo exit soon amid Man United 'source' reveal

Noel Whelan has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo could exit Man United in a cut-price deal in January.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the speculation surrounding the 37-year-old’s future is becoming a “distraction” for the Red Devils.

According to The Sun (11 September), a Man United source has revealed Ronaldo is still “angling” for a move away from Old Trafford and has his eye on a January exit.

The report claims Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain – as well as a Saudi Arabian club – all turned the veteran down in the summer window.

Ronaldo has started just one of Man United’s six league games this season and is yet to score.

Whelan claimed the former Real Madrid man is “taking attention away” from Man United’s good form.

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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It could become an easy choice for Man United to just say: ‘we’ll take anything now’.

“They might decide to get him off the wage bill and let him go and play Champions League football.

“If they’re doing well without him, then it makes the decision a lot easier. They’re not relying on him as they did last season.

“When January comes, I’m sure he’ll still be pushing to leave. I don’t think his mind has changed – so January will be a very interesting time.

“If they’re still around the top four, then it’s easier for Ten Hag to let him go – and I expect they will.

“The longer this saga goes on, the longer the questions will be asked about him – and it will take attention away from the team.

“Sometimes it’s better to let that distraction go and concentrate on the football.”

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