Three reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo shouldn’t return to Man United
David Marsh takes a look at three reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo may not fancy a return to Manchester United
Ronaldo is settled in Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo made the big money move to Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2009. One more year and he will have been a Real Madrid player for longer than he was on the books at Old Trafford. Since his move six years ago, Ronaldo has started a new life in the Spanish capital and made it his home. In 2010, Ronaldo’s son, also called Cristiano, was born and he now lives with him in his home in Madrid. The Portuguese star has settled into life in Madrid, and a move away may not tempt him now he has hit the ripe old age of 30. Ronaldo will probably be looking to retire at Real Madrid and see out his career at The Bernabeu. Had he been two or three years younger, a fresh move may have enticed him, but it gets less likely the older he becomes.
More chance of immediate success at Real Madrid
With Louis Van Gaal stating that Manchester United are currently going through a rebuilding and transitional period, fans seem to have come to terms with the fact that they may not see silverware at the club for at least another season. With Ronaldo approaching the last few years of his career, having now reached 30, he may not want to begin a new project again at a new club. Not that Ronaldo’s age matters, as he still has electric pace and shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. However, it is without doubt that he stands more chance of winning trophies in the immediate future at Real Madrid than he would at Old Trafford. United face much tougher competition to win their league, and Madrid are far more equipped to compete in the Champions League at present time. There is no doubt that United could rival Madrid financially, and offer Ronaldo a pay packet similar to what he pockets at The Bernabeu. However, if it’s silverware that’s most important to him, then the Portuguese would be better off staying in Madrid.
Van Gaal’s philosophy
When former Dutch coach Van Gaal took over the job at United, he made it clear that he would take the club in the direction he, and only he, wanted. The Dutchman slowly installed tactics based on possession keeping into his players at Old Trafford, and bought players of his choice in the transfer window who he believed were best to execute his game plan. The players at Old Trafford did slowly adopt to Van Gaal’s thinking, and strummed up some great performances at the back end of last season against Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City – all three wins were instrumental for United in earning their fourth-placed finish. However, with the departure of Angel Di Maria looking to be imminent after only a year since his move to Old Trafford, one would question whether this is a signal that players of the Argentine’s mould are not suitable for a role in Van Gaal’s team. Di Maria, much like Ronaldo, is a player with tremendous pace, who enjoys flying down the flanks in a counter attacking team. The possession based philosophy did not suit the Argentine, and it was clear to see that he did not enjoy his time at Old Trafford with a number of lacklustre performances. It may sound unlikely that Ronaldo, being as talented as he is, could not adjust to a different style of play, however it is without doubt that Real Madrid’s counter attacking style of play if far better suited to him than United’s possession keeping philosophy.