Cristiano Ronaldo 'ready to quit' Man Utd as he gives new manager ultimatum
Cristiano Ronaldo could stunningly quit Manchester United depending on who the club appoint as their next manager, having only re-signed for the Red Devils five months ago
Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to quit Manchester United if the club's next manager isn't to his liking.
The 36-year-old returned to Old Trafford just five months ago in a sensational homecoming transfer.
But Ronaldo, who has scored a superb 14 goals in 21 games this season despite the Red Devils' dramatic drop-off, is willing to leave Old Trafford once again if he does not approve of United's next big decision.
As first reported by the Daily Star, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is also not in favour of interim boss Ralf Rangnick receiving the job on a permanent basis.
It follows Mirror Football's exclusive story that multiple players in the camp are unhappy under Rangnick and 11 are considering packing their bags.
The revelation comes as the Red Devils begin a new era following the departure of Ed Woodward.
Richard Arnold, previously a marketing director at the club, will take over as Chief Executive Officer from February 1.
The plan is currently for Rangnick to leave his role at the end of the season and continue in the boardroom as a Senior Football Advisor, penning a two-year deal to move upstairs.
But the acclaimed German coach has publicly refused to rule out remaining in his dugout post full-time if he turns the sinking ship around, having been appointed in November after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 's sacking.
Mauricio Pochettino, Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked with the job but United's decision has been made even tougher due to Ronaldo's stance.
A source told the Star: "He thought it would be better than this. He's a born winner and want to be winning more trophies, so who the next manager turns out to be will help him decide his next move."
Arnold is beginning his tenure at a tumultuous time, although he has the backing of co-owner Joel Glazer.
"I would like to thank Ed for his tireless work on behalf of Manchester United during his nine years as Executive Vice-Chairman and 16 years with the club," Glazer said in a statement.
"We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club's evolution, with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective - winning on the pitch."
Arnold added: "I am honoured to have the chance to serve this great club and its fans. I am determined to return that honour in any way I can."