With United struggling this season and Champions League qualification seemingly out of reach, Ronaldo’s future continues to be a matter of hot debate. After notching against the Blues on Thursday, his total of 17 Premier League goals leaves him trailing only Mohamed Salah in the scoring charts – some feat at 37-years-old.
Erik ten Hag is set to take the reins at the end of the season, arriving with a solid reputation from his time with Ajax. It remains to be seen how prominently a veteran Ronaldo features in his plans, given the Dutchman’s tendency to develop young players and unearth hidden gems. Interim boss Ralf Rangnick, meanwhile, faces uncertainty of his own.
Reports suggest that he will share his two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford with the Austran men’s national team job, which he addressed after the final whistle at Old Trafford.