Changes are imminent at Old Trafford this summer, but what role could Ronaldo play in them?
Cristiano Ronaldo could give more back to the team to help create ‘better unity’, according to former Manchester United defender Paul Parker.
Saturday’s 4-0 defeat to Brighton marked another low in Ronaldo’s homecoming. The Portugal captain has delivered the goals, but the club’s results have been a letdown. The performance at the Amex highlighted the need for change and, as Erik ten Hag prepares to take charge as the new manager for next season, doubts have steadily grown over CR7’s future.
Ronaldo was even seen shaking his head in disbelief against Brighton, laughing when one of the Seagulls’ goals went in, and reportedly left the stadium separately from the team.
"He's thinking when I was here last time I had Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand… now I've got this lot" 😬
Graeme Souness and Dion Dublin say the clip of Cristiano Ronaldo laughing after one of the Brighton goals says it all. pic.twitter.com/Q39pXbf0MJ
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 7, 2022
But if the 37-year-old stays for another season, Parker has suggested he should take on a figurehead role to help nurture talents and unite the dressing room.
“If they [United] are going to keep him [Ronaldo], he’s got to understand that he might not be playing regular football and when he does play, he’s gotta be nurturing people,” Parker told MyBettingSites.
“If he’s willing to give a bit back, there is a great chance that it could be a better unity in that Manchester United dressing room.”
Ronaldo has another year left on his Red Devils contract, with an option for a third season included.
The forward is currently preparing for United’s final game of the season away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on May 22.