Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo leaving gives Manchester United impetus to sign forward in January transfer window
The Red Devils feel the need to compensate for the 37-year-old’s premature exit mid-way through the season. And the Old Trafford side to “push the button” and ascertain potential targets.
Director of data science at the club, Dominic Jordan, is also going to be provided some help with more data scientists. However, they expect potential addition in the winter market to be identified immediately.
Ronaldo’s second stint at United was cut short after his interview with Piers Morgan. The Portuguese icon made some controversial statements in his conversation with the British broadcaster.
The 37-year-old accused the Red Devils of betraying him and criticised the Glazer family. However, what most fans took offence with was the five-time Ballon d’Or winner stating that he had “no respect” for Erik ten Hag.
While Ronaldo leaving has dwindled the Dutch manager’s options for a number nine, his contribution in the current campaign for the Old Trafford side were relatively negligible.
Ten Hag did not seem to fancy the Portuguese icon in his starting lineup. As a result, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner started just four games in the Premier League for the Manchester-based club.
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have been the preferred choices up front for the Dutch manager. And the two have had a prominent impact in the team this term.
Unfortunately, the France international has been on the sidelines for most of the season due to injuries. On the other hand, the United academy graduate is not a natural striker and leaves a lot to be desired with his finishing.
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Thus, it is evident that the Red Devils need a new number nine. However, it remains to be seen who the Old Trafford side will go for in the winter window.