Cristiano Ronaldo decides to remain at Manchester United following the arrival of Casemiro

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By Martin Graham | 21st Aug 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo may have given up on leaving Manchester United this summer for a Champions League club. The U-turn comes at the heels of the club signing Casemiro from Real Madrid.

The manic display by Manchester United in the transfer market has started to create a ripple effect at the club, with Cristiano Ronaldo expected to rescind his decision to leave the club this summer. The Red Devils have been chasing several targets this summer with little success.

Manchester United have been an embodiment of cluelessness as their transfer activities embody a lack of plan. The long pursuit of Frenkie de Jong and the failure to reach an agreement with Adrien Rabiot indicate how much clout the club has lost.

All summer, Cristiano Ronaldo has angled for a departure from a United ship that looked to be sinking. The Old Trafford side lost its first two games and may be destined for a relegation squab this season.

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Ronaldo accepts to stay at Manchester United this season

Following the unsuccessful pursuit of Frenkie de Jong for several weeks by Manchester United, the club turned their attention to Real Madrid legend Casemiro. United have achieved within a week the success that eluded them for months. The signing of the Brazilian seems to have yielded instant results at Old Trafford as Cristiano Ronaldo may have made a U-turn over his desire to leave the club.

Recent reports suggest that Ronaldo has accepted that he will remain at Old Trafford this season after weeks of asking to leave.

Following another poor season by Manchester United that saw the Red Devils finish sixth on the log and earn a place in the Europa League, Cristiano Ronaldo had angled to leave the club. The search for a team in the Champions League has seen his agent Jorge Mendes market him to Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid with no results to show for his efforts.

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United are papering over the cracks

There are still players at Manchester United that have held the club down, with average performances over the years. Captain Harry Maguire is the poster boy for the failures at the club, as his less-than-average displays have helped the club to an all-time low. Other players not worthy of wearing the United shirt include Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial but remain at the club on high wages.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued to press the club to let him leave, with United insisting he is part of their plans for the season. Ronaldo may have conceded defeat in his quest for a new home as he desperately wants to play in the Champions League. The 37-year-old seems to have accepted he will have to wear the red shirt of a once great club this season.

The arrival of Casemiro may have contributed to Ronaldo deciding to see out his contract at Old Trafford. He was teammates with the Brazilian at the Santiago Bernabeu for five years, where they won four Champions League and La Liga titles together.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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