'Shocking' Man United claim issued after Cristiano Ronaldo update - pundit
Man United would be making a “marketing mistake and a footballing mistake” if they were to sell Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and England Under-21s striker claimed Ronaldo showed he still had a lot to offer on the pitch in Man United’s “shocking” 2021-22 campaign.
The 37-year-old only has a year left on his contract and there has been speculation as to whether he will remain at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag.
Italian outlet reported La Repubblica last week (17 June) that he does not feel there is a place for him during the rebuild and Roma and Sporting Lisbon are potential new destinations.
A move to Roma would offer the chance to be reunited with Jose Mourinho while he began his career at Sporting before moving to United for the first time back in 2003.
“The team have moved backwards and the club have moved backwards,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“With his sellability in terms of shirt sales, they’d lose money on that front. He was the club’s top scorer last year despite it being a shocking season for them.
“How can you let your top goalscorer go. Someone with that amount of quality, even with his age at 37. He’s a serial winner.
“It would be a marketing mistake and a footballing mistake.”
Ronaldo ended the 2021-22 season with 24 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions and a place in the PFA Premier League team of the season.
He also surpassed 100 Premier League goals and won the club’s player of the season award.