Cristiano Ronaldo can miss the Brighton game for Man United

Cristiano Ronaldo does not start the opening game of the season for Manchester United against Brighton & Hove Albion

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss a starting spot in Manchester United’s opening game of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion, according to James Ducker via UtdPlug on Twitter (h/t Manchester Evening News).

The Portuguese is not expected to be in Erik ten Hag’s team on August 7. It remains to be seen if the 37-year-old will sit on the bench. He can also be left out of the squad altogether.

Ronaldo wanted to leave United all summer. The Portuguese missed most of the preparation under the new manager. The 37-year-old’s first game in a red shirt was on July 31 against Rayo Vallecano.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not expected to start for Manchester United against Brighton.

Ten Hag has implemented a different playing style. The players have trained intensively under the Dutch manager to understand the system. But while fans have noticed changes, there’s still a long way to go.

Ten Hag has struggled with the talks about Ronaldo’s future. The Portuguese who is not training with the team has only made it difficult for the new gaffer in the dugout of Old Trafford.

The 37-year-old was an indispensable member of the team last season. Ronaldo was our top scorer. The influence of the Portuguese captain on the team is immense.

Ten Hag has had to do without our best player from last season. While United have made investments in the transfer window, no players have arrived to bolster the forward.

It is still uncertain whether Ronaldo will stay or leave. In that case, it is crucial that the Red Devils quickly find a solution and get reinforcements for Ten Hag.

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The 37-year-old cannot expect to start the opening game of the season at Old Trafford after missing out on much of the pre-season. Ronaldo must decide his future once and for all so that the Dutch manager can make plans for the coming season.

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