Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been told to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave the club if that is the player’s wish.
Ten Hag insisted on Monday ahead of the 4-0 friendly victory over Liverpool that Ronaldo isn’t for sale.
“I have read but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale, he is in our plans and we want success together,” Ten Hag said.
However, former Arsenal forward Alan Smith says that if Ronaldo does want to leave the club, Ten Hag should allow him to.
“If Ronaldo wants to go then let him go,” Smith told 888.
“He’s someone who obviously wants to play Champions League football. He has come in at United and done the job for him he was paid to do which is to score goals.
“But Ten Hag now obviously wants a clean slate and no distractions. ‘Ronaldo is not playing this week’. ‘He’s on the bench’. You don’t know any of that and it’s all a bit of a soap opera really.”
He added: “So if he wants to go, then try to get that sorted early doors. I’m not sure how efficient they are at Manchester United and they’ve in a state of flux with a new manager but Ten Hag will want to get a squad together that he actually wants to work with.”