Cristiano Ronaldo to start Manchester United’s Premier League campaign from the bench

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Cristiano Ronaldo‘s intention to leave Manchester United has been one of this summer’s hot topics.

His desire to leave the club after failing to qualify for the Champions League is all that has been mentioned when talking about the Portuguese striker.

He did not travel to the team’s preseason camp in Thailand and Australia. The only football he played in the pre-season was the first half against Rayo Vallecano.

His future is still undecided and the Premier League kicks off this coming weekend when Brighton visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Daily Mail reports that Ronaldo is not part of Erik ten Hag’s plans for the league opener. Instead, the Dutchman is looking to reward Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for their good pre-season form with the Red Devils.

The only option currently on the table for Ronaldo to start against Brighton is that Martial has yet to recover from the hamstring discomfort that saw him withdraw from the game against Atletico Madrid.

That’s unlikely, though, and the veteran will likely have to settle for the bench at best.

It is widely believed that Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes believed the big club would want to sign the former Real Madrid player when they told United he wanted to leave.

There were no offers for him from Champions League sides and now he had to return to United and start preparing for the new season.

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