If Cristiano Ronaldo’s exasperated hand gestures during a game for Manchester United are anything to go by, it does appear as if the Portuguese superstar is growing tired of life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Indeed, Ronaldo cuts an increasingly frustrated figure nowadays and you get the feeling that something has to give sooner or later, but it’s worth noting that the 36-year-old hasn’t so far tried to orchestrate a coup by ousting the Norwegian.
However, now that Zinedine Zidane is one of the frontrunners in the latest odds on next Man Utd manager, you do wonder if Ronaldo will now add his voice to the majority who are calling for Solskjaer to go.
Revealingly, if the manager specials news is anything to go by, it seems as if the Frenchman would seriously consider taking over at Old Trafford which will undoubtedly suit Ronaldo given how much success the two have enjoyed together.
Indeed, Ronaldo won three consecutive Champions League trophies under Zidane as well as a La Liga title in 2017. The pair also won a Spanish Super Cup, a UEFA Super Cup, and two FIFA Club World Cups for good measure. All things told, it was a glittering time in Real Madrid’s history and even if Ronaldo is closer to the end of his career than he was under Zidane, he probably still has two seasons of Premier League football left in him which means that Zizou and CR7 could still enjoy another successful collaboration.
At the very least, the possibility of winning silverware with a manager who built teams around him must appeal a lot more to Ronaldo than being on the receiving end of footballing lessons from Liverpool and Manchester City. In fact, it’s not only the Premier League elite that is enjoying playing against Manchester United when you consider that Aston Villa were able to beat the Red Devils at Old Trafford whilst Leicester put four past United at the King Power Stadium.
Now, for a man of Ronaldo’s stature and after the sensational career he has had, you can’t imagine that he would want to spend his remaining competitive years being outplayed by teams in the bottom half of the English top flight. Indeed, there is only so much more Ronaldo is likely to take before demanding Manchester United change tack by looking for a manager who can compete with the best in Europe.
This is a man, after all, who throws his hands up in disgust when his teammates don’t give him the ball whilst also squaring up to the team’s defence when he deems them not to be pulling their weight. The point is, there are no sacred cows with Cristiano Ronaldo and if you’re not reaching the levels that he sets for himself, then you’re wasting his time.
As for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he is on borrowed time at Old Trafford but you feel the axe will eventually fall if Cristiano Ronaldo demands it should. The 36-year-old has the power needed to launch a coup in the Manchester United changing room but he’s bid his time up until now. All eyes will be on Old Trafford over the festive season.