The previous defender has supplied his newest verdict of CR7’s reported need to go away Previous Trafford this summer time.
Rio Ferdinand reckons Cristiano Ronaldo will keep at Manchester United for the 2022/23 marketing campaign.
Regardless of the numerous studies of Ronaldo’s need to affix a Champions League membership, in addition to lacking United’s pre-season tour, the Portuguese ace is again in coaching and made a 45-minute cameo within the 1-1 pleasant draw towards Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.
United have all the time insisted Ronaldo just isn’t on the market, and Ferdinand doesn’t count on that to alter.
“The largest factor for me is, when you’re Man United, the place are you going to seek out 20 targets?” the ex-Crimson Devils defender informed FootballJOE about his outdated teammate’s future.
“Should you let Cristiano Ronaldo go now, the place are the 20 targets coming from? Until you imagine in [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford, and [Jadon] Sancho to fill that void.
“If he [manager Erik ten Hag] thinks that, and he feels snug doing that, Cristiano in all probability goes to a different group. The truth that Cristiano’s not been allowed to go anyplace says to me they need him again within the constructing as a result of they know he’s going to get them 20 targets this season.”
Ought to Ronaldo settle for a diminished position?
Requested if a 37-year-old Ronaldo ought to tackle a diminished position, Ferdinand replied: “I feel age and your physique tells you that, however while you take a look at somebody like Cristiano, he’s a really, very distinctive case.
“Bodily, we’ve by no means seen anybody like him, and I feel you’ve acquired to have a look at his physicality and his profile in that sense and go ‘can he play lots of video games?’
“Final season, he confirmed individuals he can nonetheless play the video games and nonetheless rating the targets on the high degree. Who on this group scores extra targets than him? When an opportunity drops to this group, you place him in at this time with out coaching, if you need an opportunity to drop to anybody on this squad now, who would you like it to drop to? It’ll be him.
“That tells you he’s nonetheless going to be a large a part of what you’re doing on the soccer membership, and the actual fact they haven’t allowed him to go anyplace tells me that.”