Cristiano Ronaldo is finally traveling back to Manchester on Monday evening, according to The Athletic, a tier-one source.
The 37-year-old is set to have crunch talks with Manchester United about his future after missing the pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.
It remains to be seen whether the Portuguese will join the rest of the squad in training on Tuesday but a conversation with Erik ten Hag will be taking place.
The Red Devils consider Ronaldo’s return to England to be a ‘positive sign’. There’s still a ‘lack of clarity’ about the situation but it’s looking ‘increasingly likely’ that Cristiano will stay.
Moreover, speaking to 888sport, former Old Trafford winger Lee Sharpe said: “I appreciate that the hardest thing to do in football is score goals, and Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best at it. He’ll bring you that.
“But it’s what he takes away from the team in other areas, that’s what concerns me the most. I don’t think at the age of 37 he will play Erik ten Hag’s pressing game or even want to do that.
“And while he’s in the team he’s stopping Anthony Martial from shining or a young player getting a chance. So, I wouldn’t be disappointed if he left and I’d be slightly concerned if he does stay because he’s a little bit too powerful in the dressing room and that might stop other players from shining.”
Ronaldo, who finished last season as Manchester United’s top scorer across all competitions with 24 goals, is pushing to leave Old Trafford this summer.
Martial has been spearheading the Red Devils’ attack in pre-season in the Portuguese’s absence, scoring three goals in four games under Ten Hag.