Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to action for Manchester United in the club’s exhibition game on Sunday against Rayo Vallecano at Old Trafford after being absent from United’s pre-season due to family reasons amid reports he wants to quit the club.
The 37-year-old appeared for 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Spanish team Rayo Vallecano in a friendly match at Old Trafford.
Happy to be back 💪🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/Fp6dpBTXcb
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 31, 2022
Ronaldo later posted on social media a picture of him playing in the game with the caption: “Happy to be back.” United completed its preseason preparations with a draw as Ronaldo’s replacement Amad Diallo’s 48th-minute strike was canceled out by Alvaro Garcia Rivera.
Ronaldo had reported to the training ground earlier this week to discuss his future with new boss Erik ten Hag.
However, it remains to be seen whether the Portugal international will be involved in United’s Premier League curtain-raiser with Brighton next Sunday.
Working in progress…💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/E2G5ZEayeG
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) July 30, 2022
United maintain that Ronaldo is not for sale, while the player reportedly wants to leave to play in the Champions League. United have been relegated to the Europa League after finishing sixth in Premire League last term. Reported transfer overtures made by Mendes have been met with rejections so far.
Ronaldo was United’s highest scorer with 24 goals in all competitions last term, but there’s a question mark over whether he would fit into Ten Hag’s high-pressing style.