This player is the reason why Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United
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Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer amid reports claiming the 37 year old forward wants to play Champions League football next season.

Manchester United will play in the Europa League next season after finishing sixth in the Premier League last season.

It is believed Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United so he can protect his Champions League record.

Ronaldo is the highest goalscorer in Champions League history with 140 goals with his rival Lionel Messi behind with 125 goals.

A season without Champions League football for Ronaldo means his Champions League record would be under threat as Messi could close the gap.

Meanwhile, Paul Merson believes Manchester United will finish outside the top four next season.

“Manchester United are in disarray and they need to sort this out,” Merson told Sportskeeda.

“At the moment, it’s a bit like a circus there. Erik ten Hag has come in, but they haven’t got a centre-forward.

“They would’ve gone for Darwin Nunez if they knew Cristiano Ronaldo was going to leave. Manchester United have known that they’ve failed to qualify for the Champions League for a long time now.

“They don’t have a striker, and Marcus Rashford isn’t a natural goalscorer. They haven’t completed Frenkie de Jong’s signing from Barcelona.

“United are going to Thailand and Australia, and they need to solve these problems before their tour. At the moment, Man United are looking at just another season.

“I thought they’d have a shot at the top four – I just don’t see that anymore. They’ve lost Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and they’ve got bundles of work to do.

“Manchester United are a million miles away from winning the Premier League. They’re not winning the league even if Ronaldo stays. If he does, he isn’t going to be there the following year.

“Where is the plan? Keep on picking the same players, and you’ll get the same results. I wouldn’t even fancy them getting into the top four.”