Cristiano Ronaldo has accepted Manchester United need a new striker at a time when Erik ten Hag is set to take charge, it has been claimed. The Ajax boss is in pole position to land the job at Old Trafford. And, if he does, it will become their fifth managerial appointment since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club in 2013.
United are ready to overhaul their squad if Ten Hag takes charge, with the Red Devils planning for a brighter future.
And Fabrizio Romano, addressing The united positionclaimed that Ronaldo accepts that the team needs a new striker.
It is claimed that the Portugal international, who is approaching the twilight years of his career at the age of 37, knows he cannot play every Premier League game.
That’s despite collapsing on some occasions when he was replaced by both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick this term.
And Ronaldo knows United need a new centre-forward to compete with him for a starting spot.
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And they hope they can improve in the future, despite the difficulties of this season.
As for potential targets for attackers, several players have been linked.
United are admirers of Darwin Nunez, the Benfica star scoring a remarkable 31 goals in 36 appearances this season.
Alexander Isak has emerged as a potential target as the Sweden international is set to leave Real Sociedad this summer.
And United have also been tipped to pursue Harry Kane, although Tottenham’s improvement under Antonio Conte makes a transfer difficult to negotiate.
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Ronaldo, certainly, will be praying that United can pull themselves together and get back to where they were.
They are currently set to miss out on Champions League qualification for the first time since 2019, sitting seventh in the table.
And Ronaldo couldn’t contain his anger as United collapsed in a nightmarish 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday afternoon.
The veteran is said to have slammed a phone from a young supporter’s hand after the final whistle at Goodison Park.
And Ronaldo took to Instagram to apologize for his actions after the contest.
“It is never easy to manage your emotions in difficult times like the one we are facing,” he wrote.
“Nevertheless, we must always be respectful, patient and set an example for all young people who love the beautiful game.
“I would like to apologize for my outburst and, if possible, would like to invite this supporter to watch a match at Old Trafford as a sign of fair play and sportsmanship.”
Ronaldo hopes to start when United face Norwich on Saturday.
The Red Devils won 1-0 against the same opposition earlier in the season, with their No.7 scoring the winner from the penalty spot.