Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly discussed his future in Old Trafford with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson through private meetings.

Ronaldo and Ferguson live near each other in Cheshire. They reportedly enjoyed a series of talks at their respective lavish houses throughout Man Utd's incompetent season. Ronaldo has been said to visit Ferguson regularly; the same goes for the legendary boss, who also spends time with the striker and his family at the Portuguese footballer's own home. 

According to the Mirror, the two have been in several conversations over different matters concerning the current season. Ferguson first signed Ronaldo for Man Utd in 2003. He was claimed to influence the 37-year-old goal scorer in returning to the club in a £12.9 million ($15.9 million) transfer deal last summer. It is believed Ferguson would like Ronaldo to stay at least another season.

Ferguson told Ronaldo to "protect his legacy" by staying at the club next season. The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has executed a fantastic season with 24 goals for Man Utd, including historic hat-tricks against Tottenham and Norwich. Ronaldo's performance even attracted the attention of former club Real Madrid as rumors emerged that Ronaldo, who has another year left on his deal, might leave Man Utd this summer.

However, Ronaldo remained quiet on his plans with incoming manager Erik ten Hag scheduled to replace interim boss Ralf Rangnick this summer. However, the star hinted he might stick around to see if he will play a part in ten Hag's vision for a better Man Utd future after scoring in the 3-0 win over Brentford.

The 52-year-old manager has a serious job as Man Utd face another season without a trophy and will be without Champions League football in 2022-23 season. Ten Hag is expected to use new game plans and strategies for the future, meaning Ronaldo's game time could be limited next season.

The Red Devils were beaten 4-0 at Brighton on Saturday. After the game, Bruno Fernandes was asked about his opinion regarding the traveling fans chanting "you're not fit to wear the shirt" at full time. The midfielder had no complaints; he believed the players were right to receive criticisms for their performance. "I include myself in that," Fernandes told Sky Sports. "What we did today, what I did today, was not enough to be in a Man Utd shirt and I accept it."

Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United looks on during warm up for the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United at American Express Community Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Brighton, England. Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images