July 30, 2022 || 3:50 pm

Manchester United’s probable starting xi against Atletico Madrid

The 37-year-old is yet to make an appearance for the Red Devils in the run-up to the new campaign as he was absent from the club’s tour of Thailand and Australia.

The Athletic reported in early July that Cristiano Ronaldo wanted to leave Old Trafford due to the lack of Champions League football on offer, despite the legendary forward still having another year left on his contract.

The Portugal captain has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs this summer. There have also been doubts about whether he would be able to integrate into Erik ten Hag’s high-pressing style of play if he were to stay at the club.

Ronaldo re-joined the Premier League giants last summer and scored 24 goals in 38 appearances following his move from Juventus.

United’s season, however, was a disaster as they finished sixth and exited all the competitions they were involved in early.

The Sun has claimed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was present for a behind-closed-doors friendly against non-league side Wrexham this week, but he played no part in the fixture.

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