Revealed: What it will take for Cristiano Ronaldo to re-join Manchester United first-team set-up

An insight into the future of Cristiano Ronaldo has been provided on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo left the Manchester United bench before full-time during the Red Devils’ 2-0 win over Tottenham on Wednesday and is also understood to have left Old Trafford shortly after that.

As a result, the Portuguese has been banished from the first-team and was training with the under-21s on Friday.

He was also absent on Saturday as Manchester United drew 1-1 with Chelsea.

Now, what it would take for Ronaldo to re-join the Manchester United set-up has been revealed.

The Athletic report that Ten Hag is adamant he wants Ronaldo as an option for the rest of the season, but first wants to hear what the Portuguese thinks about the situation and whether he can countenance not being a starter every week.

Should Ronaldo accept flexibility over his selection and express contrition, it is expected he will re-join first-team training. If he rejects a reduced role and presses to leave again then Ten Hag would allow him to once more explore finding a new club.

However, Ronaldo finding a new club in January may prove rather difficult.

The Portuguese is on a huge wage and, whether you like him or not, it is hard not to see that the ageing forward no longer really fits into most modern sides, as he is incapable of pressing from the front.

Ronaldo is also understood to want to play in the Champions League, with half of this season’s entrants out of the competition come January.

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Josh Barker

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