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Can Ronaldo ever regain his cult image among the United fans?

| Updated: August 09, 2022 17:36:11

Can Ronaldo ever regain his cult image among the United fans?

Manchester United are known for their large and passionate fan base throughout the world. In this century, their huge global fandom can be broken down into three particular names - Sir Alex Ferguson, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Unlike the other two, Cristiano Ronaldo is still active in the game, and his return last year was a much-anticipated event for the fans of Manchester United.

Ronaldo, despite not being at his usual best, didn’t perform that badly either in the last season. But before the start of this season, there were multiple reports of Ronaldo being unhappy about not playing in the UEFA Champions League this season, which prompted him to look for other options. 

This created an outrage among the fans of Manchester United. Also, with the arrival of Erik Ten Hag, there is the possibility of a total reshuffling of the team, which also puts Ronaldo’s future in a precarious position as an undisputed starter.

Manchester United fans are not as content as they were with Ronaldo before, and it seems that unless Ronaldo starts delivering on the pitch, the situation is not going to change in the near future. 

But for one of the greatest footballers of all time, who always proves his doubters wrong whenever he is under pressure, this doesn’t seem to be something new.

Erik Ten Hag is not really an individualist and does not really depend on the skills of a specific person. He has a quite regimented approach to the game. Cristiano Ronaldo, for the first time in his professional career, is going to play for a manager with such a philosophy, and this, in many ways, will be a challenge for him. 

But Ronaldo is a quick learner and, even at this age, he has not lost his thirst for improvement. 

Judging by his past records, it can be said that Ronaldo is more likely to retain his cult status among the fans of Manchester United with a better season this time around unless something terrible happens.

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