KEY POINTS

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is now among the Manchester United players expected to leave
  • Ronaldo has been in talks with his agent over his next move
  • Ralf Rangnick has discussed the issue on players wanting to leave the club

A major blow is looming to hit Manchester United this transfer window.

Even before the January transfer window opened, the Red Devils have already been dealing with a number of issues within the club.

The lack of team chemistry despite having a talent-stacked squad has become the most evident problem and this has got rumors swirling that some key players are now opting to leave Manchester United.

Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani have been regularly linked to a move away from Old Trafford, and now, Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the pair, The Guardian reported.

According to the report, amid the club’s woes, Ronaldo--who had just made a shocking return to Manchester United in the past summer--could be tempted to plot “an audacious escape bid of his own” to depart the team sooner rather than later.

To help him figure out “what to do next,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has now reached out to his agent Jorge Mendes and the pair is now in “crisis talks” over the best possible options available, the report added.

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick earlier pointed out that “to speak about future players coming into the club doesn’t make sense at this stage” as his “full focus is on the current squad” and what they can possibly do with what they have at the moment.

The German tactician has yet to comment on Ronaldo’s situation, but he had already set the record straight with Manchester United players “who want to leave.”

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United scores their third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30, 2021 in Manchester, England. Photo: Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

As per Rangnick, the players have been handling each issue in a “professional” manner thus far.

However, he also admitted that should things go beyond his scope, other parties involved would “need to discuss” it.

"We have players with contracts expiring in the summer," Rangnick said last week. "We have maybe also one or two players who want to leave and are under contract. It's about the players dealing with that situation in a professional way.”

“Everybody has the chance to show in training, to show up, and get the chance to play,” he stressed. “If this is not the case, then, of course, the player, club, and agents need to discuss the situation. As far as I can tell, so far the players have been dealing with that in a professional way. I cannot say anything else. If I realize that is not the case I will address that with the players directly.”