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02 Jul 2022 18:30:38
Hi Ed002,
Is it true that Ronaldo has handed in a transfer request?

Will the amateurs force him to stay like they did with Pogba?


{Ed002's Note - I doubt formally because of what it would cost him - I suspect JM has informed the club or the player has done it verbally.}

1.) 02 Jul 2022 19:08:05
Even though i think he has been good in some ways its probably better if the club wants to start from a clean slate.

2.) 02 Jul 2022 19:20:39
If he wants to leave and we get an offer then we should take it. Nit a surprise for anyone I would imagine.

3.) 02 Jul 2022 19:29:19
Let him off. Eth will be glad I rekon. He is a fantastic individual player these days but would maybe hamper us in developing the style Eth wants . But of course we now need a world class striker.

4.) 02 Jul 2022 23:25:59
Let's be honest, we needed one anyway. No way was Ronaldo going to part of a United side ready to challenge for the big prizes because we aren't close.

Therefore why pay all that money to him in wages it's better used elsewhere.



17 Jun 2022 10:21:13
Hi Ed002,
Is there any new updates on Antony?
Is Ruben Neves still first choice to replace Matic.
Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - (a) No. (b) Perhaps - but others are being considered.}

1.) 17 Jun 2022 12:09:14
We are experts at considering at Utd aren’t we….

2.) 17 Jun 2022 14:07:01
It’s painful at the minute. Even Arsenal are signing players ??‍♂️.

3.) 17 Jun 2022 14:36:03
Spurs interested in Antony apparently.

{Ed002's Note - Lots of clubs are interested.}

4.) 17 Jun 2022 14:26:34
Ed014 looking to be a great window for you boys if the press can be believed!

{Ed014's Note - haha, I don’t follow transfer windows so actually have no idea who the press think were after.

The guys did name check me about Bissouma going to the spuds but sadly not to us.

I also saw on the club website we’d signed a young Brazilian striker but that’s the extent of my transfer knowledge! ?

No I lie, just remembered Sharkey said on our chat group that we’re still open to selling Saliba. I’m like wtf! ?‍♂️ ???

5.) 17 Jun 2022 16:34:16
Looks like Jesus and tielemans after that viera from Porto.

{Ed014's Note - ahh yes I saw they mentioned Tielemens, that’s a huge no from me. Proper lazy and over rated.

Now you’re making me check transfer rumours! ?

If this Viera is half as good as the last one I’ll be happy.

Jesus also not sure about, we’ve had enough strikers that don’t score, is adding another a wise move?

6.) 17 Jun 2022 17:15:09
Don’t think at city he’s really played as an out and out striker much recently though. Reckon he’s has more goals than Eddie in him.

{Ed014's Note - if we buy him he better have, unless Eddie is a late developer like Kane but I’m not seeing that at all.

I wouldn’t mind if we raised some funds and let him go to be honest.

7.) 17 Jun 2022 21:17:22
Hey Ed014 I have a great transfer target for you that was destined to be the new Thierry Henry

Anthony Martial, definitely worth taking a look at :D.

{Ed014's Note - now normally I’d jump at the chance but as we’ve now offloaded the vast majority of utter wasters it would be a shame to buy another.

Hang on to him, he may come good yet! ?

8.) 18 Jun 2022 09:48:32
That's sad, don't you like happy faces?



27 Apr 2022 15:27:06
Hi Ed002,
With Matic leaving end of the season, will United pursue Ruben Neves, Kalvin Philips?

And any interest from United in Gakpo and Jurrien Timber?
Thank you.


{Ed002's Note - The new coach will need to consider Garner but the club have an interest in Rice, Neves and Phillips along with a couple of others. Gakpo extended his contract in January and PSV together with their new coach want to keep him regardless of the interest. Manchester United have not declared any interest at this time. Ajax are not looking to sell Timber and the player is not pressing for a move, but he says he would join Manchester City if the chance arose.}

1.) 27 Apr 2022 15:54:28
Imagine Garner might take the place of a 2nd midfield signing, if considered?

2.) 29 Apr 2022 20:16:00
Do any of the Eds have an opinion on Garner and his ability to step up?

{Ed001's Note - he looks bottom end Prem level, so maybe playing with better players could enable him to raise his game.}

3.) 30 Apr 2022 15:01:44
I think that’s fair Ed1. He needs a season in the Prem on loan I think, not sitting on the bench for a year like Henderson.

{Ed001's Note - agreed, if Forest came up that would be ideal for him.}



21 Apr 2022 11:52:08
Welcome to Manchester United Erik Ten Hag.

Huge rebuild awaits.
Hope he gets to work with Ralf Rangnick to build a proper challenging squad.


1.) 21 Apr 2022 12:02:26
would surely be a better set up with Rangnick as Sporting Director, rather than adviser to Murtough and Fletcher ( whatever it is he does )

2.) 21 Apr 2022 12:40:08
Does it make any difference if they listen to him? They seem to have done so far.

3.) 21 Apr 2022 14:00:17
Murtough seems a good organiser, might be better for him to handle that side of things and give RR the freedom to take a more holistic approach and a roving brief to advise on needs and direction.

With RR and Erik deciding on recruitment and most importantly having the power to overule the technical department's analysis if they really want a player. So far you have to question how that technical department assess the qualities of a target, cause at the moment they seem to have recruited a bunch of bottlers.

4.) 21 Apr 2022 15:32:37
Lots of rumours on social media now about Steve McLaren joining up as well as United speaking to the agents of Antony and Timber.

Who knows what’s true now - rumour overload!

Only the rt. hon. ed922 can give us the truth on any of these rumours - or new interest - now.

Until then, I will believe nothing.

5.) 21 Apr 2022 16:03:57
Oops apologies Ed’s!

Need a bigger phone and glasses.

6.) 21 Apr 2022 16:23:35
Nothing says new start like bringing back the assistant manager from over 20 years ago.

7.) 21 Apr 2022 19:41:25
If that’s who Ten Hag wants in then back him Bilko.

8.) 21 Apr 2022 20:53:15
EtH has doen his homework bringing McLaren back, it rains a lot in Manchester.

9.) 22 Apr 2022 00:10:30
I hope the plan isn’t to bring over a load of Ajax players…we’ve done all this years ago with Depay and Blind.

10.) 22 Apr 2022 04:12:51
Depay wasn't from Ajax.

11.) 22 Apr 2022 06:59:41
I'm sure he will bring 1 or 2 Ajax players, ones he knows and trusts and a basis to build from, but he has a large budget available to him for the first time. Let's see how he uses it.

12.) 22 Apr 2022 07:53:58
Arfonsal, Depay came from PSV like RvN and Park not Ajax.

Blind I actually thought was a good transfer. He was solid if not spectacular and we sold him back to Ajax for around the same fee we bought him for. Effectively having him for just his wages for 4 season's.

I also don't understand the derogatory tone at Ajax players. Ajax have produced some of the best players over the past 30 odd years.

Did you not rate VDS when he was one of our best ever goalkeepers?

De Ligt and De Jong are doing very well at Juventus and Barcelona.

Like any transfer whether it works out has far more to do with whether the players suit the style of play of the buying club, and whether they adapt to a potentially new country and culture.

Players who typically struggle to adapt to the UK climate and culture have tended to be South Americans with no previous European experience.

While Mediterranean players have been a little hit and miss. Oddly most Portuguese players seem to adapt well to the EPL.

Yet the biggest reason for a player to fail at their new club is just poor scouting. Bringing in a player who has excelled playing a very different style to what your team plays.

We've seen it with Kagawa and Mkhitaryan from Dortmund, a team that played a pressing system moving to United who at the time didn't play a pressing system.

Or with Donny, a player from Ajax who played a high line, pressing possession based game. He came into a United side that was in flux, trying to move from a counter attacking side to a more ball dominant side, but still sat too deep, and used an ineffective press.

More often than not players don't fail because they are bad players, but because they are player ill-suited to their new team.

If EtH signs players who are used to his system, and his style of play it's much less likely that they will fail.

Also for a new manager who needs to quickly turn things around bringing in players who know how he wants to play can accelerate the process, rather than having to spend months educating and coaching the players in his methods.

13.) 22 Apr 2022 13:46:22
The lads in juve and Barcelona don't get picked regularly neither are 1st choice this season nor does zyech or dvdb Dutch league is muck. Lots of great players have come from that league but more misses than hits.

14.) 22 Apr 2022 22:00:53
Syljman, Shappy - my point was more down to managers bringing over players they’ve worked with to the club. We had Moyes bringing Everton to Man Utd, LVG brought a few Dutch players. RR wants every good young player in Germany (if you listen to the rumours) .
We might be in luck, and all the best talent are in Ajax and they’re happy to follow the new manager. My hope is that they’ve scouted everywhere.



07 Apr 2022 11:49:02
Hi Ed002,

Does United still hold an interest in Konrad Laimer, Kalvin Philips?
I remember you had mentioned these names a while back.


{Ed002's Note - Kalvin Phillips (DM) a financially more viable option to Declan Rice and Manchester United have enquired in the past. Leeds will resist selling and look for a new contract. An ex-PL player acting as a scout for Real Madrid has watched the player on more than one occasion. Whilst he has the stupid haircut that Liverpool look for in recruits, I am not aware of any approach by the club to Leeds. I expect a new contract will be agreed.
Konrad Laimer (CM/DM) RBL are aware that there are clubs looking at Konrad Laimer for the summer and that the player has so far not extended his contract so a sale is likely. Bayern Munich have considered Laimer, as have Borussia Dortmund, Spurs and Manchester United.}

1.) 07 Apr 2022 13:39:50
Hi Ed002,

Sorry to to put you in a position of speculation, as know you only deal with the facts, but, if Ten Hag does become United manager, then have United shown any interest in any Ajax players who TH might want to bring with him? (Guessing not Gravenberch, as linked to Bayern and burned bridges with Rsola)

Thanks for any info you might be able to offer, though will understand if you can’t teoky as too speculative or too early to say.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any interest although Antony could replace Martial.}

2.) 07 Apr 2022 14:58:39
Thanks for the reply Ed002, really appreciate your time, thanks.

3.) 07 Apr 2022 16:50:33
Is there any truth in the rumours that United are now in discussions with Leeds for Phillips? Several reports suggest a bid is imminent?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t know.}

4.) 07 Apr 2022 17:38:07
Thanks Ed.

5.) 07 Apr 2022 22:28:47
Careful Ed02, can't take the p. out of haircuts and more, Will Smith will try to slap you about.




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28 Jun 2022 14:24:29
Welcome to Manchester United - Frenkie De Jong!

So many midfielders have failed post SAF era. Hoping FDJ is a step in the right direction.

With his experience prior on working alongside ETH and his coaching staff should settle him quickly into the playing style.


1.) 28 Jun 2022 14:55:35
Is this confirmed? Hope so but I could not see it anywhere reported as a done deal.

2.) 28 Jun 2022 15:56:14
Not done yet just ‘closer’ ?.

3.) 28 Jun 2022 16:03:55
Think there is a little way to go yet, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Am confident it will happen, but just a bit more patience.



16 May 2022 11:25:38
Hi Ed001,
Have you by any chance happened to watch Goncalo Inacio from Sporting?
Looks like an exciting prospect that would suit United's rebuild.


{Ed001's Note - I haven't seen any of him yet sorry. I have heard a lot about him, he is very highly rated. I have added him to the profiles list for you.}

1.) 16 May 2022 13:26:46
He seems quite fast and strong and a good tackler but it is hard to tell his positional sense when looking at YouTube videos. I believe that the best defenders need to know where to position themselves on the pitch even before you consider speed, strength and tackling.

He's also quite tall so could be useful in both boxes. if Ten Hag wants him and Timber I hope we get them both to replace Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and possibly Lindelof.

2.) 16 May 2022 15:28:44
It's interesting that we have been linked with several left footed CB's. Pau Torres, Evan Ndicka, Sven Botman, Goncalo Inacio and Dan-Axel Zagadou.

Which makes sense as EtH likes his CB's to play wide and they need to be comfortable defending in the channels. Being left footed certainly helps when playing on the left in this sort of system. It means when defending in the channels you can put a challenge in with your stronger foot without cutting across your body. It's a fine margins thing and shouldn't make a huge difference especially when you have top level defenders. Yet it's the fine margins the top managers worry about, as that's where you make the most gains at the highest level.

3.) 16 May 2022 15:43:46
Apparently Timber deal is wrapped up.
Good start if true.
Covers RB and CB.

4.) 16 May 2022 17:12:14
TRD, Timber looks a top young talent, plus he knows EtH's methods and tactics. In the games I've seen I've noticed he is very vocal, possibly a bit of a leader. Certainly an organiser/ communicator.

That said the step up to the EPL is huge, he looks like he's talented enough to make it. However, as fans we will need to be patient as he isn't the finished article and he will make mistakes.

5.) 16 May 2022 20:47:11
Even top CBs who've come into the Prem late have found it a struggle initially. Take Thiago Silva at Chelsea who was very shaky at first, and Laurent Blanc who was like Mickey Mouse. I don't think they expect the sheer speed of the league.
Then again complete unknown youngsters like Fofana come in and boss it in no time.

6.) 16 May 2022 22:20:31
Spenno, there are probably many factors. England has a vastly different culture to main land Europe for one. However for me the biggest factor is probably the nature of football in this country.

Very few teams play at a more sedate pace, taking the sting out of the game or having meaningless possession. Most teams when they have the ball they will attack you. Often at pace and directly.

That gives defenders very little time to recover their position if they are not in the best place to deal with the opposition attack. That requires a much higher level of concentration and focus. You need to read the game and understand when to push up, step out, tuck in, or drop off.



07 May 2022 08:21:18
Rangnick in his press conference stating he wanted a striker in January and also suggested Vlahovic, Alvarez and Luiz Dias to the club.
However the club was against his suggestion.


1.) 07 May 2022 09:13:58
Appalling but not surprising really. The club is a mess, it’s main goal looks to be financial not success on the pitch. Ideally we would find out exactly why the club refused a striker when it was an obvious issue. I bet we don’t find out though or they give a fudged answer. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was a financial decision. We really need a change of ownership.

2.) 07 May 2022 11:54:26
I imagine that the unresolved Greenwood issue would also have been a factor.

3.) 07 May 2022 13:32:20
It's bizarre that even knowing Cavani was out for 8 out of 10 games, and that Greenwood was likely to be out indefinitely, the club still allowed Martial to leave even on loan. I imagine they didn't want to sign another high profile player who might not be what the new manager (unknown at the time) wants. Understandable given the Sanchez and Pogba situations. But who knows where we'd be now if we had any of those mooted players now, maybe we'd be talking CL instead of the delights of thursday evening Europa football.

4.) 07 May 2022 14:28:48
Understandable?! Who actually signs the players at Manchester United?! It’s clearly an excuse peddled by the Club for not investing in the team.
They wrote the season off in November. They appointed an interim manager to clear up Ole’s mess and gave him absolutely no help. They even forced him to keep players he was happy to let go. Perpetuating the toxic culture at the Club and losing money in the process. The inmates are definitely running the asylum. Good luck EtH trying to get any sense out of this lot. Logic disappeared from the corridors of Old Trafford a long time ago.



21 Apr 2022 15:50:38
Hi Ed002,
With Ten Hag arriving, will he be interested to bring any players from Ajax?


1.) 21 Apr 2022 16:12:55
Donny :D.

2.) 21 Apr 2022 18:01:50
I would expect him to want to bring in one or two as players who know his style. Would expect talks with Timber/ Antony, also with donny here I would expect him to be brought back in even If as a bench player.

3.) 21 Apr 2022 21:18:42
Haller, Tadic, Blind and Berghuis, see if they can cut it in the premier league once again.

4.) 21 Apr 2022 21:29:01
Pogba off - Donny to replace him I’d have thought?

5.) 21 Apr 2022 22:11:35
Wonder what will happen with the GK situation. Klopp and Guardiola didn’t hang about making big GK calls to get the right stickman to play their style. Admittedly Klopp wasn’t blessed with a great GK but Guardiola wasted no time axing Joe Hart, even resorting to the woeful Bravo, who knew his system from Barca. Does DDG fit in with ten Hag’s style?

6.) 22 Apr 2022 07:01:41
I think it’s time ddg left! Yes makes great saves here and there but on the whole weak, physically and mentally! He can be rattled! Yet the biggest concern is with his feet which unfortunately ETH will want him to be excellent at! He’s one of the worst in the league with the ball and distribution! I know it never used to be an issue but unfortunately modern keepers need to do it! Fresh start!

7.) 22 Apr 2022 10:15:49
Still, probably our player of the season Chris after a ropey few months when the whole DDG v Henderson thing was in full flow? Not a particularly hard feat, admittedly.

8.) 22 Apr 2022 13:18:42
DDG is probably the best shot stopper in the world, but if you're a great team playing good football then your keeper shouldn't be have to make many saves.

Take Alisson for Liverpool against us. He had to make 1 save in 90 minutes, yet he had 70 touches, making 59 passes with a 91% completion rate.

He played an important role in HOW Liverpool play as a team. He enables them to have a higher line, he enables them to play out from the back. In short he is a key player in enabling Liverpool to dominate teams.

DDG is the better shot stopper, but DDG still had to pick the ball out of his net 4 times against Liverpool. Despite facing 14 shots, and saving 5.

If you are a team that will be under the cosh, will have teams right up against you. Then you need a keeper who can pull of world class shots above all else.

If however, you aim to be a side that dominates the ball, that plays most the game in the opposition half, then you need a keeper who can enable you to play that high and who is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Football isn't just about who's the best player, but which player best suits how you want to play.

Is that DDG? I guess we'll see.



13 Apr 2022 20:30:05
Hey Ed077,
What you think about the imminent arrival of Ten Hag.
What can us fans expect from him?
Interested to hear your opinion.


{Ed077's Note - I am both very excited and very nervous about the likely appointment of ETH.

I think he is a good coach with huge upside. But I believe the club needs to provide good supporting structure for him to actually succeed at Man Utd. And we are well known for being a mess of club so that brings a big risk there too.

I expect and hope that neither the club nor the fans demand us to be challenging for top honours right from the word go. We might require to be a little more patient with him, not least because we seem to be in need of a major rebuild and an evolution into becoming a top top European Club.

But ultimately, does the club want to be a European powerhouse or a footballing cashcow?? And should one preclude another??

1.) 14 Apr 2022 08:07:44
I think its the perfect time for a manager to come in, he will have less pressure fhan any other manager post sir alex

These players have shown there true colors, they are snakes and i can't think if a worse set of players in my life time watching us, even the 4 years we went without a title when fergie was manager, we had some poor players but they grafted.

Anyone know an update on the deputy dof?

2.) 14 Apr 2022 11:08:20
As I've said for a long time, it could be God himself, walking into that dressing room but if the structure isn't correct and if he hasn't got the authority to do what's necessary, he will not succeed, the way the fans want him to.

There will also have to be patience and time given to him in order to do what is necessary. But I don't hold much hope that he will be given the needful.

I hope I'm wrong.

3.) 14 Apr 2022 09:59:27
Ed077, I'd say that is spot on. Ten Hag clearly has the coaching ability and knowledge to make a team better, however, will he get the backing, structure and players needed to get United back to being one of the best sides around?

Hopefully, even if Ten Hag struggles in the beginning, the fans stay on side. None of this, 2 defeats in a row and it's Ten Hag out reactionary nonsense that so many fans seem to exhibit nowadays.

{Ed077's Note - Thanks RJ I guess?

I think it would be naive of everyone to expect ETH, or any other manager for that matter, to be an instant in our current predicament. But then again football fans are known for being a bit naive...

4.) 14 Apr 2022 11:56:43
I think you are right with your logic Ed077 and hopefully our fans and board will think along the same lines over the next year. A rebuild will take time and will have a lot of bumps along the way. We currently watch the likes of Liverpool and praise the way they play and are run, if we aspire to be the same we need to watch the process that they went through to get to where they are now and appreciate it is not a quick fix.
8th and two 4th placed finishes in his first 3 seasons shows that building the correct way takes time but imbeds for years to come as following that they have had 2nd, 1st, 3rd and 2nd places as well as european success.
I am looking forward to EtH coming in and i genuinely believe that he will develop our players especially the youth ones stepping up as well as unearthing some gems on the continent.

{Ed077's Note - Man City took time to become a serious Top 4 team after the takeover. Then they worked around a plan/project to bring Guardiola in. Even then Pep couldn't mount a real title challenge in his first season. (You've already used the Klopp-Liverpool example).

We don't have the setup to provide ETH with, (or any other manager) to be expecting to be a instant fix. So I hope the club have faith in him being able to rebuild the football club part of the MUFC and don't have unrealistic expectations from this imminent appointment.

5.) 14 Apr 2022 12:18:16
Agree Ed077.
Hopefully the club has learnt the lesson after a decade of failure.
Our club has become a laughing stock.

With Murtough as DoF and Rangnick moving up, we can hope the decision makers try to sort out the structure for the manager to succeed.

{Ed077's Note - agreed. Surely the board have done due diligence into the next appointment, seeing that they didn't rush with an Ole replacement instead opting for RR as an interim.

6.) 14 Apr 2022 13:01:39

I'm still surprised that the majority of Utd fans till back RR. I thought that they might have turned on him. Although it is clear to see that the players don't give two hoots.

I for one would be happy for the club to sell quite a few players and start a fresh rebuild with he view that it will take a couple of seasons to get us back up the top and challenging for the league.

{Ed077's Note - are the majority of Utd fans still backing RR? Isn't there a protest being planned for this weekend? I know its not directly aimed at RR but people didn't feel the need to show their contempt for the owners when we were beating Spurs 3-1 or when we finished top of the CL group...

7.) 14 Apr 2022 15:50:38
Mad Hatter, I think most fans appreciate that this season is a write off. The players threw the towel in before Ole was sacked.

The reality is that RR will step up into a consultancy role, probably a role his skillset is more suited to if we are honest.

8.) 14 Apr 2022 17:37:54
I think it's RR honesty which most fans like. He certainly hasn't held back.

9.) 14 Apr 2022 23:02:24
Would have liked to have seen Ralf drop a few players for shocking performances. Give some younger players a chance to show what it means to them. If rumours we have offered Pogba a new contract then everyone involved at the club needs to be flogged.




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01 Jul 2022 22:04:57
Lisandro Martinez was player of the year last year.
Had the most interceptions, blocks and clearances.
Would probably be easy for him to adapt to Ten Hag's system.




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14 Jun 2022 18:57:03
Just proved we are amateur in transfer dealings. (again and again)
CF is a really needed position for us and Ed had said there is a chance Ronaldo could leave.




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12 Jun 2022 15:25:49
Rashford's attitude and work rate on the pitch has been disgusting in the last year.
Even if a player is out of form, the basic qualities to fight for the team shouldn't be impacted.




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16 May 2022 11:19:50
Barca btw did play in Europa this season.




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12 May 2022 13:27:41
Hi Ed002,
Is Amadou Haidara still a target for United?


{Ed002's Note - For RR.}




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02 Jul 2022 21:17:41
Now we need 2 strikers.
Things couldn't have got worse.




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02 Jul 2022 07:57:46
I expect Tyrell Malacia, Frenkie De Jong, Lisandro Martinez and Eriksen to be United players by next week.
Looks like the club has done a lot of work for these players in the background.




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26 Jun 2022 15:01:12
Standards are in the mud.
Fred can't control the ball consistently and has an atrocious first touch.
At best, he should be a squad player.




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25 Jun 2022 14:20:31
We had one of the worst ever seasons.
Playing style is sh1t.
8 players left the club.
Pre-season training starts in 2 days.
And we have given the new manager 0 backing so far.

We have incompetent people in charge.
As simple as that.




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18 Jun 2022 09:40:38
Imo Ronaldo will leave the club.
I don't think he will stay without Champions League or challenging for important trophies.
As Ed already stated, Jorge Mendes will likely explore options to find another club.