Cristiano Ronaldo denies post-Brentford comment.
Cristiano Ronaldo has moved to deny reports that he said “I’m not finished” to a camera while walking off the Old Trafford pitch following Monday night’s win over Brentford.
The Manchester United forward scored his ninth goal in his last six Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, stepping up to score a penalty in an eventual 3-0 win over the Bees, in what was the club’s final home game of the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘I didn’t say that.’
With speculation surrounding Ronaldo’s future at the club, a clip did the rounds in which the 37-year-old was widely reported to have said “I’m not finished,” something which many took as an indication that he will be staying at Old Trafford next season.
However, in response to a fan account on Instagram, the five-time Ballon d’Or-winner’s official account posted the words ‘I didn’t say that.’
Will he stay or will he go?
Last August, Ronaldo made his return to Man United 12 years after departing for Real Madrid at the end of his first spell in England.
The transfer was greeted with mass hysteria by Red Devils fans worldwide, as their hero put pen to paper on a two-year deal with an option for a further year.
While he has contributed 24 goals in all competitions, this has come against the backdrop of one of the worst Man United seasons in recent memory.
It now looks almost certain that the club won’t be participating in the Champions League next season and it’s unclear whether a player of Ronaldo’s profile will fancy toiling through a winter of Europa League, or even Europa Conference League, football.
There have also been many observers who have suggested that the arrival of the Portuguese mega-star last summer upset the apple cart at Old Trafford, with his huge presence putting a few noses out of joint in the dressing room.
🗣 “I’m not finished.”
– Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/nJZzoXoMNW
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 2, 2022
Erik ten Hag’s plans.
Ronaldo staying would guarantee plenty of goals next season but it remains to be seen whether he is part of incoming manager Erik ten Hag’s plans.
As the Dutchman looks to put a plan in place to bring success back to the club, he might not be too keen on the idea of a 37-year-old influencing team selection and other decisions around the club.
If it is the case that Ronaldo leaves this summer, then last night’s win will have been his final appearance at Old Trafford in a Man United shirt, with only two away games left to come this season.