Cristiano Ronaldo has been warned that his legacy would be “spoiled” if he joined Chelsea from Manchester United during this summer’s transfer window.
The forward returned to the Red Devils last summer from Italian side Juventus.
The 2021/22 campaign proved to be a torrid one for Man Utd, as they finished sixth in the Premier League.
Ronaldo was a shining light for United. He netted 18 goals in 30 appearances in the league.
Erik ten Hag has taken over ahead of next season. Tyrell Malacia is currently the only player they have signed this summer.
The 37-year-old has made it clear that he wishes to leave the club this summer. Chelsea are among the clubs being linked with him.
Liverpool legend Steve McManaman would be shocked if Ronaldo signed for Chelsea this summer:
“I’d be amazed if he went to Chelsea. Amazed,” McManaman told HorseRacing.Net.
“I can’t see him going to another English team. I just cannot see it happening.
“It’ll spoil his legacy after everything he has done at Manchester United.
“PSG don’t need Ronaldo. It just muddies the water.
“It might be a newspaper writer’s dream to have Messi and Ronaldo in the same team three months before the Qatar World Cup but, come on, it just seems nonsensical.”
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McManaman went onto suggest that Ronaldo’s exit could benefit Ten Hag:
“It’s a very strange one. He only joined a year ago, and that’s just madness in itself,” he added.
“And really he shouldn’t want to leave Manchester United just because they had a poor year.
“You should want to stay and fight your cause. But I could understand that it might be beneficial to both parties.
“Erik ten Hag’s come in and all he’s been asked about is Ronaldo.
“It might be better for Ten Hag to make a clean start without him, because he does warrant a lot of press, questions and talking points all season.
“If Ten Hag wants to get rid and thinks it’s great and all the numbers add up, then there’s not a problem.
“Ronny’s 37. I completely understand that he wants to carry on playing in the Champions League but firstly I wouldn’t know who would take him.
“The deal would be big. Manchester United have given him a lot of money in wages. I have no idea who would pay half-a-million a week, for one more year.
“He’s a superstar but if Manchester United could recoup their money, a new manager coming in might be better to say ‘OK, a new start. Get rid of everybody who doesn’t want to be here. Let’s start afresh’.
“That’s cool and might be beneficial to Ten Hag. Secretly he might be thinking, ‘this is amazing’.
“But how this deal is going to materialise when you look at the bigger picture, I just can’t see how it’s going to turn out. You can see Ronny wanting to play in the Champions League but, sometimes, you can’t get what you want.
“It’s not a nice end to everything with Man United.”