Cristiano Ronaldo told Manchester United board he would leave if Ralf Rangnick stayed as manager | Soccer

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Ralf Rangnick and Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this season (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo warned Manchester United board he would leave the club at the end of the season if Ralf Rangnick was made permanent as manager.

The German took over as interim manager of the Red Devils in December, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season following the Norwegian’s sacking.

Despite a stable start, Rangnick’s leadership role quickly dissipated and there were widespread reports of squad discontent.

Ronaldo’s future has been the subject of much speculation since news that Erik ten Hag will take charge at Old Trafford as the 37-year-old does not ideally fit the Dutchman’s preferred playing style.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground on May 12, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Ronaldo has one year left on his contract (Photo by Tom Purslow/Manchester United via Getty Images) Photographer: Tom Purslow Provider: Manchester United via Getty Imag Source: Manchester United

However, Ten Hag has suggested keeping Ronaldo and the veteran is happy to remain in the Theater of Dreams.

But things could have turned out very differently for the Real Madrid legend had United opted to stay at Rangnick.

Although the German’s tenure didn’t go according to plan, United considered keeping him if they failed to win either Ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino.

Had that been the case, ESPN claimed Ronaldo would have left and he told United’s board of directors as much back as last January.

Ronaldo was unimpressed by Rangnick and felt undermined by comments he had made to the media, with the German questioning the work rate of United’s attacking players.

The 37-year-old was also unenthusiastic about Rangnick’s backroom staff, feeling they didn’t have the quality needed to put the club back on top.

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