Rio Ferdinand warns Manchester United that Cristiano Ronaldo’s future must be resolved before the new season

Rio Ferdinand warns Manchester United they need to sort out wanton star Cristiano Ronaldo’s future to avoid a ‘hangover’ en route to new season

  • The player wants to leave the club this summer for Champions League football
  • Manchester United want to keep the player after this summer
  • Rio Ferdinand, who pleaded for his return, says his future must be settled

Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to settle Cristiano Ronaldo’s future ahead of the new campaign.

Ronaldo, 37, is looking to leave the club this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season. The club remains adamant that he will stay on after this summer.

Speaking to The Mirror, Ferdinand, a former team-mate of the Portuguese, said his future needs to be settled in some way to avoid a ‘hangover’ for the club en route to the new season.

Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to settle the future of rowdy star Cristiano Ronaldo to avoid a ‘hangover’ en route to the new campaign

He said: ‘As players you just want the situation to be smoothed out and resolved immediately. You don’t want it to drag and drop, I think Harry Kane had that with Spurs last year.”

He added: “But I think the reasons are different. Cristiano, there have been problems behind the scenes with his family and health and things like that. You have to take that into account.

“But if the reports are correct – that he wants to move and what not – then you want the club to record that so that there is no hangover in the season.

Ronaldo wants to leave the club this summer in search of Champions League football

Ronaldo wants to leave the club this summer in search of Champions League football

“I’d like to think — if you’re looking at this as a supporter — this will somehow be resolved.”

Ferdinand’s comparison to the situation in Kane will worry United fans as the England captain struggled for most of the first half of last season with a move to Manchester City for the whole summer.

Kane had scored just four league goals by the turn of the year.

Meanwhile, Ferdinand added that he didn’t look too closely at pre-season results, choosing to pay attention to the ‘noises’ coming from the training ground.

Ferdinand used Harry Kane's example last season to illustrate what effect it could have on the club

Ferdinand used Harry Kane’s example last season to illustrate what effect it could have on the club

He said: ‘I don’t really look at the results in preparation. I played way too many games in the preseason and lost and I had no reflection on the coming season.

“I think it’s more about the sounds I hear from the players on the training pitch, when I listen to individuals speak very positively – there seems to be a bit of a spring in their step now.”

United will begin their era under Ten Hag at home to Brighton on Sunday 7 August before heading to Brentford before returning to Old Trafford to host Liverpool before closing September with a trip to Southampton.

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