Right-back Alan Hutton, a former player for Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, has asserted that Cristiano Ronaldo, a free agent forward, cannot simply enter the Manchester United dressing room the following week.
Ronaldo has made it obvious that he wants to leave the club this summer, therefore Hutton thinks it will be unusual if he decides he is ready to play for Man United.
He thought that this would change Erik ten Hag’s side’s dynamics.
Ronaldo has discussed his future at Old Trafford with the new Manchester United manager. He presently has one year left on his contract with the club.
Although Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid have ruled out a move for the Portugal captain, Man United is open to considering proposals.
Hutton, though, thinks that the 37-year-old may have trouble rejoining the Man United team after missing the entire preseason owing to personal issues.
“There will definitely be question marks, especially coming out of the changing room. They will want to know exactly what’s happening.
“It’s a strange situation, I know it’s for personal reasons, so you can’t really look too much into it because we don’t actually know what it is. But to have sat out the whole pre-season and not have been anywhere near the club kind of screams to me that he just wants out,” Hutton told Football Insider.
He added, “And whether that is he doesn’t fancy it anymore, he wants to play Champions League football, that’s up to him.
“At the end of the day, he’s got 12 months to go and I think Manchester United can add another year onto that so he could possibly have two seasons left.
“He’s possibly trying to kick up a bit of a fuss to leave. But I think as a player, as a group, especially when you’re building something for the future, you want to know exactly who’s going to be there and what the plans are.
“Ronaldo can’t just step in next week and decide he’s ready to play, it’s not going to work like that even though he does keep himself fit. So I find it a strange one.”