Manchester United’s interim tactician, Ralf Rangnick, has said the club’s next manager will decide Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
The Portuguese scored a stunning hat-trick to lead United to a 3-2 victory over Norwich City, taking his Premier League tally to 15 goals.
Despite being United’s main man, there are reports that Eric ten Hag, the favorite to take over at Old Trafford next season, does not want Ronaldo in his squad.
Rangnick was unwilling to address the issue, insisting it was not up to him to decide whether or not Ronaldo would stay.
“It’s not my decision,” Rangnick told reporters. “Cristiano has another year on the contract. It is a decision for the new director to make with the board of directors.
“He showed today and against Tottenham he can be the difference-maker in matches like this and it is no coincidence that he has the best goal-scoring record of all players in history.”
Despite his success this season, Ronaldo has struggled to lead the team back into contention for the cup, and is said to be disappointed with life in Manchester.
He has the option to extend his current contract with United for a year but may be allowed to leave if Ten Hag takes over next season.