KEY POINTS

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 23 goals for Man Utd this season
  • Ronaldo has scored eight out of Man Utd's last nine league goals
  • Man Utd will next take on Brentford in the league on May 2

Ralf Rangnick has opened up on Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Manchester United after the star forward scored in their 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Thursday. 

It was Ronaldo's 23rd competitive goal for Manchester United this season and his second goal in two Premier League appearances.

The 37-year-old Portuguese forward has a year left on his current contract with the Red Devils and there is no certainty over his future at Old Trafford. 

When Rangnick was asked about Ronaldo's future after the game against Chelsea, the German boss replied, "This is something that we should speak about between Erik and the board and myself. Cristiano has another year of the contract. It is also important to find out what he wants if he wants to stay."

At the end of the season, Rangnick is set to move to a consultant role with the club, while Erik ten Hag will take over the head coach's job permanently. It is understood that the Dutch boss is planning to revamp the Manchester United side completely owning to their ongoing struggles in the 2021-22 season. The Red Devils are once again set to finish the season without a single trophy on their cabinet. 

"In the end, it's both Erik's and also Cris' decision what they want to do. It is not for me to speak about that but, today, the performance of Cris was really great," Rangnick said in an interview with Sky Sports.

Manchester United have been heavily reliant on Ronaldo, who has netted eight out of their last nine goals in the Premier League. 

"We have to still be fair with the players. We had quite a few other players scoring goals, I remember, in my first 10 games, we had 10 different goalscorers. It is how many opportunities can we create and how many goalscorers. Right now, we very much rely on Cristiano, he also showed good performance when Chelsea were in possession. But there has to be a focus on bringing in a couple of new strikers for sure," added Rangnick. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on March 12, 2022 in Manchester, England. Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Manchester United are sixth in the 2021-22 Premier League table. Their next league fixture is against Brentford at Old Trafford next Monday.