Cristiano Ronaldo
Rio Ferdinand Says Cristiano Ronaldo Returning to Manchester United is ‘The Stuff of Dreams’ Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be completing his contract by the end of next season. He reportedly could depart from Old Trafford a year early if the newly appointed manager doesn't suit his liking.

The Daily Star reported, Thursday, that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner does not favor interim boss Ralf Rangnick getting the job permanently. Rangnick was appointed as an interim manager at the end of November and is expected to take up the role of Senior Football Advisor at Manchester United on a two-year deal ahead of next season.

Though Rangnick is not considered for the full-time job position, Ronaldo made it clear that he wouldn't support the German's appointment. Not just the Portuguese star, but there are reports that claimed multiple players in the squad are unhappy under Rangnick's lead and several of them are considering packing up and exiting Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Richard Arnold, who will replace the outgoing Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward, will undoubtedly be pressured to lead the club's search for a full-time manager. He will be appointed as the Chief Executive Officer from Feb. 1.

"I would like to thank Ed for his tireless work on behalf of Manchester United during his nine years as Executive Vice-Chairman and 16 years with the club," Joel Glazer, co-chairman of the United, said in a statement. "We are now looking forward to Richard and his leadership team opening a new phase in the club's evolution, with ambitious plans for investment in Old Trafford, the strengthening of our engagement with fans, and continued drive towards our most important objective - winning on the pitch."

"I am honoured to have the chance to serve this great club and its fans. I am determined to return that honour in any way I can," he added.

Under consideration for the position are Mauricio Pochettino, Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers. Arnold is believed be looking out for someone capable of returning Manchester United to the top of the Premier League once again.

Ronaldo's contract will be until 2023. While considering his future with the Red Devils, the managerial position is said to significantly impact his decision whether to stay or make his way out earlier than expected.

Ronaldo returned to Manchester United from Juventus in the summer under a deal of making him the highest-paid player in the Premier League.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on Jan. 3, 2022 in Manchester, England. Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

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