Man United news: Cristiano Ronaldo may now be told 'you have to leave' - pundit
Erik ten Hag will tell Cristiano Ronaldo “you have to leave” if he is not prepared to accept a bit-part role at Man United next season.
That is the view of ex-Aston Villa and England attacker Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Ronaldo‘s role next season.
The 37-year-old has scored 18 Premier League goals this season but has been blamed for Man United’s poor season as they look set to finish outside of the top six.
Erik ten Hag will take over in the summer and Agbonlahor has claimed he may be set for some difficult conversations.
He told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley: “I don’t think Ronaldo being there is going to be a problem.
“What’s going to be a problem is Ten Hag is going to come in and say to Ronaldo ‘I want you to stay but I’m going to play you in the games I want you to play in, I’m going to bring you off when I want to bring you off. I want to choose a team to win a game and you might not be starting that game. If you show dissent walking off the pitch, I’m not going to play you’.
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“He’s got to have that power as a manager. If he doesn’t then it’s going to be another scenario where the player is bigger than the manager and the club.
“We see at the likes of Chelsea and Man City where Lukaku and Sterling are on the bench. Big players listen to big managers. They don’t show dissent and don’t have a problem with it.
“There’s going to have to be a talk about it. If Ronaldo says ‘No, I’m not going to do that, I want to play every game’ then maybe Ten Hag makes the decision and says ‘You have to leave’.
“It’s going to be an interesting talk and discussion for the manager.”