Manchester United Transfer News Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo’s preferred choice for next Red Devils manager revealed; AS Monaco interested in Anthony Martial, and more
Manchester United are currently sixth in the Premier League table, five points behind Arsenal, fourth. However, the Red Devils played two games less than the Gunners.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo’s preferred choice for Manchester United’s next manager has been revealed. Elsewhere, AS Monaco are interested in the re-signing of Anthony Martial from the Red Devils.
On that note, here’s a look at some of Manchester United’s main transfer stories as of December 23, 2021.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s preferred choice for next Manchester United manager revealed
Cristiano Ronaldo would like Diego Simeone to take control of Manchester United if the Red Devils can’t tie up Zinedine Zidane, according to Le10 Sport. The Portuguese was brought to Old Trafford by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer. The 34-year-old has taken his first steps with the Premier League giants.
Ronaldo has scored 13 times in 18 appearances in all competitions for United this season. However, his exploits were not enough to save Solskjaer’s work. Nevertheless, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner continued his good form under Ralf Rangnick. The German has joined the Red Devils as an interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are already planning the summer, when they are expected to name their next manager. The Red Devils have selected Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane for the role. However, Ronaldo would like the Red Devils to target Simeone if they fail to hit their preferred target.
Pochettino’s future at PSG looks secure, although Zidane could replace him at the helm. Having enjoyed great success under Zidane previously, Ronaldo is reportedly ready to work with the former Real Madrid manager again.
However, if Manchester United fail in their quest to secure Zidane, Ronaldo would prefer Simeone to take over at Old Trafford.
AS Monaco interested in Anthony Martial
AS Monaco are preparing a coup for their former player Anthony Martial, according to journalist Pedro Almeida. The Frenchman left Ligue 1 for Manchester United in the summer of 2015, but has been blowing hot and cold at the club since then.
Meanwhile, Monaco reportedly contacted the Red Devils to discuss Martial. The Red Devils could let the 26-year-old go on loan, with an option to buy more than € 20million, in January.
Dimitar Berbatov advises Edinson Cavani to join Barcelona next year
Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has backed Edinson Cavani to join Barcelona. The Uruguayan has lowered the hierarchy at United since the arrival of Ronaldo. As a result, the 34-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Red Devils.
Speaking in a recent interview, Berbatov said Cavani would be eager to leave Manchester United for more regular football.
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“It’s not a situation just because Cavani did so well for the team last season; he got a new contract, but Ronaldo took his place in the squad. It’s not fair, but it does happen in football. If there is a chance for Cavani to leave the club, if there is an offer from Barcelona, then of course he will think about grabbing it to get more football, ”Berbatov said.