Rangnick set for Ten Hag talks to see if Ronaldo ‘wants’ Man Utd stay

The Manchester United forward has scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League games this season, trailing only Mohamed Salah at the top of charts despite widespread criticism of his suitability to the modern game.

Ronaldo scored his first League goal against Chelsea on Thursday to rescue a point at Old Trafford and recently hit the 100 mark during a loss to Arsenal at the Emirates.

Under contract until the summer of 2023, it is unclear whether the change of manager and the fact United are all but certain to be playing outside of the Champions League next season will have an impact on his future.

“This is something that we should speak about between Erik and the board and myself,” Rangnick told reporters when asked about Ronaldo’s future.

“Cristiano has another year of contract. It is also important to find out what he wants if he wants to stay.”

Rangnick told Sky Sports in a separate interview that the final decision was out of his hands.

“In the end, it’s both Erik’s and also Cris’s decision what they want to do,” he said. “It is not for me to speak about that but, today, the performance of Cris was really great.”

With Ronaldo scoring eight of United’s last nine league goals, Rangnick conceded that team are too reliant on him but said the club would focus on signing new strikers in the summer.

“Right now, we very much rely on Cristiano, he also showed a good performance when Chelsea were in possession,” Rangnick added. “But there has to be a focus on bringing in a couple of new strikers for sure.”

Dutchman Ten Hag will replace Rangnick on the bench at the end of the season.

United are sixth in the league on 55 points, five points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have two games in hand.”

Additional reporting from Reuters

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