All eyes have been on Cristiano Ronaldo this summer season and no longer for his exploits on the pitch.
The Portuguese star has reportedly been pushing for an exit from Manchester United so he can play in the Champions League this season and was absent for the club’s preseason tour of Australia.
Contracted for another year, the Red Devils do not seem eager to let Ronaldo depart anytime soon, however his role in the team this season is now very lots up in the air.
Will Cristiano Ronaldo play for Manchester United vs. Brighton?
While lacking the bulk of preseason for Manchester United, Ronaldo did begin their final friendly on July 31 against Rayo Vallecano.
The 37-year-old led the line for the Red Devils however was changed by Amad Diallo at half-time with the game nevertheless goalless.
Pictures from the match showed Ronaldo and new manager Erik ten Hag weren’t precisely on the same page at one point.
It was subsequently said that the Portugal star, alongside with different players, left Old Trafford before full-time with Ten Hag much less than impressed when asked about it.
“That is unacceptable. For everyone. I informed them that it is unacceptable. That we are a team, a squad, and that you should remain till the end,” Ten Hag informed Viaplay Sport.
Based on the occasions of the previous few weeks, it seems unlikely that Ronaldo will play a massive role against Brighton when Manchester United start their Premier League season on Sunday.
Ten Hag is but to name his squad for the fixture however his starting facet was predicted to consist of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho up front.
However, The Athletic said on Thursday that Martial has been dominated out of the Brighton recreation with injury, opening the door for Ronaldo to perhaps begin the in shape regardless of his lack of preseason involvement.