It is likely that Ronaldo might not be playing for Manchester united after his ridiculous interview with Pies Morgan. The Portuguese winger insisted in the interview that the club betrayed him and wanted to force him out. Since the start of the season, Erik Ten Hag has limited his playing time by starting him from the bench. The Dutch manager believes that Ronaldo’s lacks the sharpness, strength and peace needed to press high up the pitch. Ten Hag has preferred to start Marcus Rashford or Anthony Martial ahead of the Portuguese star and this has worked out positively for the new manager. Let’s take glance at Manchester united statistics when Ronaldo starts and when he doesn’t start in the 2022/23 Premier league season.
Manchester united have a 70 percent win percentage when Ronaldo doesn’t start and has 25 percent when he actually starts. This means that Manchester united don’t need Ronaldo to start game to be able to win games. It also shows that Ronaldo has made more impact as a substitute than he has made as a starter for the club this season. However, Manchester united has an average of 1.8 goals scored, 1.3 conceded goals and 2.2 points per game for the games that Ronaldo didn’t start. While they have an average of 0.5 goals scored, 1.8 conceded goals and 1.0 points per game for the games that Ronaldo started.
From the above figures, it is obvious that Manchester united have a better attacking and defensive statistics in the games Ronaldo’s didn’t start. This shows that Manchester united no longer need the player in the squad as all he has done is to bring negative energy and influence in the dressing room. Manchester united could offload him in the January transfer window and bring in a decent young striker as his replacement.