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Michael Owen explains why Cristiano Ronaldo won’t leave Man Utd

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Despite Ronaldo’s reported desire to join a Champions League club, an exit from Old Trafford is looking more unlikely.

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes Cristiano Ronaldo won’t leave Old Trafford as the club can’t find a suitable replacement.

Frustrated by United’s lack of transfer activity and ambition, Ronaldo reportedly handed in a transfer request last month. It’s understood he wants to join a club in the Champions League for this season.

Manager Erik ten Hag and the club board, however, insist Ronaldo is not for sale. The forward is back in training and made a second-half cameo in last weekend’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Brighton.

Asked if he thinks CR7 will stay now, Owen told DAZN: “I didn’t a week ago, but the noise coming out now suggests he will.

“If he goes, they are very light in attacking areas, and the number of goals he scored last season – how do you replace that?

“[Anthony] Martial’s come back, [Marcus] Rashford needs to do something as he can’t have another season like last season, and [Edinson] Cavani has left. It’s not very exciting. Especially if Ronaldo leaves as well and they don’t get anyone in.

“So I think he will stay unless they have somebody big to replace him.”

Ronaldo and United will return  to action this Saturday away to Brentford for another league match.