David Beckham has urged Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at Manchester United – and perhaps even extend his deal – and feels everyone at the club is keen for this season to end.
The Red Devils suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Brighton on Saturday in their penultimate Premier League match of the season and face a battle just to cling onto sixth place and Europa League qualification.
United are facing a summer of significant changes, with Erik ten Hag taking over and a host of out-of-contract players leaving Old Trafford.
Ronaldo, who still has one year left on his deal, has also been linked with a departure but Beckham is desperate for the Portuguese superstar to remain at the club.
Speaking to Sky Sports at the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, Beckham said: ‘Obviously Cristiano is one of the best players over the last 15 years with Leo [Messi].
‘To see him stay on – hopefully staying on – at United is important for the fans. It’s important to him, we all know how much Man United means to him.
‘And he’s still doing what he does best, scoring goals and creating. That’s what Cristiano does. Even at his age, to be doing what he’s doing, is really incredible, so hopefully it continues and hopefully he stays for another year or two.’
Asked about United’s horrific end to the season, Beckham continued: ‘I think there’s changes to be made and changes that are happening and we’ve seen that.
‘It’s a tough end to the season, but it is the end of the season. I’m sure a lot of the fans are thankful for that, because it’s been a tough one, there’s been a lot of ups and downs.
‘The players have done what they could do best, and so has the manager as well, but you still turn up at the stadium. I turned up at the stadium a few months back and every seat was filled.
‘So the fans still believe, the fans still support, the fans will always turn up for the team because it’s what the United fans do.
‘There’s not many other teams that have gone through what they’ve gone through in the last few years and are still filling out their stadium. So it says a lot about the fans and says a lot about what they believe in, and there will be changes.’
Also, Sir Alex Ferguson is privately urging Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at Manchester United despite the club’s woeful season, according to reports.
United delivered another lacklustre display on Saturday as they were hammered 4-0 by Brighton, meaning that this will be their worst-ever points tally in a Premier League campaign.
Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in 34 appearances in his first season back at United, but the 37-year-old has faced criticism over his performances and has been accused of not doing enough to support United’s attack.
The Portugal international cut a frustrated figure once again in United’s defeat to Brighton and was even spotted laughing after his side conceded their third goal in the 57th minute.
Ronaldo signed an initial two-year contract with United last August and has the options for an additional 12 months, but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is already considering his future.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Ronaldo and Ferguson have met each other at their homes on several occasions this season and despite United’s struggles, it’s understood that the Scot has told his former player to see out his deal with the club.
Erik ten Hag is yet to make a decision about Ronaldo’s future, with the Ajax boss set to move to United once the season is over.
Speaking after United’s loss to Brighton, former striker Dion Dublin believes Ten Hag’s decision will be a key factor in Ronaldo’s future at Old Trafford.
‘I don’t know where Ronaldo goes from here,’ Dublin told Sky Sports.
‘Does he go back to Italy or Spain? I don’t know where he goes. I find it hard to see him staying at United unless something is done incredibly quickly. Then again, I don’t know where he goes.
‘I think United will be lost without him so I am hoping he is going to be [staying at] United without a doubt.
‘But I don’t know why he’d stay to be honest with you. Unless the new manager says ‘right £300million, these players are coming in, please stay. Otherwise I think he’s gone.’
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