CRISTIANO RONALDO must adapt his game and accept not being a nailed-on starter to stay at Manchester United, reckons Gary Neville.
The Portuguese forward’s future has been a hot topic in recent weeks, amid murmurings that he could leave this summer just one season into his two-year deal.
Fresh reports from Spain this week, however, suggest that Ronaldo, 37, has now decided to STAY at Old Trafford – trusting in club chiefs to get their next managerial appointment right.
His old team-mate Gary Neville believes that he’ll have to adapt to stay on at the Theatre of Dreams.
Asked if Ronaldo will be at United next season, he told Sky Sports: “I’m unsure, it depends who the manager is and what the project is for the new manager.
“Does he want to build a young squad that’s athletic and progressive?
“Ronaldo can play in that – but if he wants to play every single week, which would seem to be the case, then it may be that the manager wants a fresh start.
“He might want young players that are basically pressing high from the front and can create high level of play in that way.
“If he wants to play in a different way and can accept that he will have a great goalscorer in the team who is basically someone who has basically been the greatest goalscorer of all time then yes there will be a position for him.
“But I think it would have to be a Ronaldo that would accept that he wouldn’t play every single week and there would be moments that he wouldn’t play and I think that’s the big thing.
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“He doesn’t seem to take that too well, which is a good thing, he’s obviously driven and wants to play every single match.
“But I’m 50-50, and I’m not just 50-50 from a point of view of whether the club wants to keep him but whether Cristiano wants to stay in Manchester and play at the club sort of into his 38th and 39th year.”
Ronaldo recently found himself on a run of just one goal in his last eight Premier League appearances.
This culminated in the former Real Madrid star missing the Manchester Derby through injury, amid rumours he was going to be dropped anyway.
He returned the following week against Tottenham, blasting in a hat-trick against Antonio Conte’s side.
But he couldn’t provide any heroics on Tuesday night, as Man United were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid.