Why Manchester United are unwilling to sell Cristiano Ronaldo despite his desire to leave

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It’s no longer news that Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo made an emotional return to Manchester United last summer and despite an impressive individual season, the club could only finish sixth in the Premier League.

Despite Ronaldo’s desire to leave the club this summer, the Manchester United board insists the Portuguese forward isn’t for sale.

Ronaldo still has one year left on his Manchester United contract and the club expects the 37 year old to respect it.

So why is Manchester United not willing to sell the 37 year old despite his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer?

According to The Mirror, the Manchester United board aren’t willing to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave this summer as they believe his departure will be greeted with fury by Manchester United fans.

Manchester United are also not willing to sell Cristiano Ronaldo as his exit this summer will cause problems for Erik ten Hag who has been preparing for Ronaldo’s presence in his team next season.

Laurie Whitwell told The Athletic: “New manager Erik ten Hag has been preparing for Ronaldo’s presence in his team and emphasised the point at his unveiling. So Ronaldo’s desire to leave creates turbulence, especially as United are yet to secure any of their prime transfer targets.

“Attacking additions are further down the list, meaning Ten Hag would have to get creative if needing to fill a gap at centre-forward.”

“His place at the point of United’s attack was not without issues though, so a departure could allow for space for Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to flourish.

“Still, United would be heading into a campaign without a recognised striker and options in the market are limited — two former targets in Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez have already joined rivals.”