Erik ten Hag expects this Manchester United star to leave in January

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag expects Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club in January, according to Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg.

Ronaldo’s Manchester United contract expires at the end of the season but it has now been claimed the 37 year old won’t wait until next summer and will leave in January instead.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler believes Ronaldo needs to leave in order to squeeze as much game time as he can out of his career before he hangs up his boots.

Speaking to Fair Betting Sites UK, Fowler said: “United knew the type of player they were bringing in. We know it’s a different manager and this is obviously one of the problems he had last year. He was getting a bit of stick because he wasn’t pressing but he wasn’t brought in to do that.

“Not everyone can play the perfect way. He was brought in to score goals and he has scored goals. Now a different manager has come in who has new goals and a different ambition of wanting to play.

“It is quite clear that Ronaldo doesn’t fit into that plan, so the best concern for all parties is if he goes. He is a great player but if he wants to play close to 90 minutes then he has got to go. He is still a handful and the way he looks after himself is up there with the better players who have ever lived. (But) The money situation is massive and any club in the world would take him.

“If he wants to continue to play at a good level then unfortunately for him he will have to take a huge pay cut. He should be aware of that.”