When will the Man United forward play his first game for the team since the conclusion of the last campaign?
In a friendly matchup against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday at Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed he will take the field for Manchester United.
The 37-year-old, who missed this summer’s preseason tour of Thailand and Australia owing to family obligations, spoke with Erik ten Hag this week to reiterate his intention to quit the club. Ronaldo will so play for United for the first time since the 4-0 loss at Brighton on May 7 as an away player.
The superstar is not among the 21-man team that will face Atletico Madrid in a friendly on Saturday. Ronaldo has previously been connected with a stunning move to Atleti until the club’s president denied the idea, prompting supporters to wave a ‘CR7 not’ banner.
Responding to an Instagram post about his omission from the United squad in Norway, he responded: “Sunday the king plays.” Ronaldo scored 24 goals in his homecoming campaign last season, and Ten Hag has underlined that he remains part of his plans despite his exit wish.