Manchester United transfer news roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo set to stay at Old Trafford; Rio Ferdinand backs Frenkie de Jong’s pursuit, and more

Manchester United are preparing for their final game of the Premier League season. Caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick’s side travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday to take on Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, renowned transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo could stay at Old Trafford next season. Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand has backed the club’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.

On that note, here’s a rundown of Manchester United’s top transfer stories as of May 13, 2022:

Cristiano Ronaldo should stay at Old Trafford, reveals Fabrizio Romano

Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of Old Trafford's most consistent players this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of Old Trafford’s most consistent players this season.

Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo has no plans to leave Manchester United this summer. The Portuguese has endured a tough campaign since returning to his alma mater last summer. He was tipped to go in search of greener pastures this summer.

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However, speaking on the Wondergoal podcast (via thisisfutbal), Romano said Ronaldo is not desperate to leave the club, having scored 24 goals in all competitions.

“So I was checking a few days ago from Cristiano’s side, what’s the feeling about these Manchester United rumours? With his future? What’s going to happen? And the response I get is that Cristiano is not desperate to leave. Cristiano doesn’t plan to leave the club or is disappointed with the club,” Romano said.

However, Ronaldo is ready to endure his first trophyless campaign in 12 years.

Rio Ferdinand backs Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong has admirers at Old Trafford.
Frenkie de Jong has admirers at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants Frenkie de Jong at Old Trafford. The Barcelona midfielder is expected to leave Camp Nou this summer, and the Red Devils are in the race to secure his signature.

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Speaking on his ‘Vibe with Five’ YouTube channel (via Sport365), Ferdinand said De Jong would be a fabulous addition to the club.

“I always thought he was a top player. I watched him closely in the Champions League semi-final; I could see him a lot as part of the BT team They say Frenkie de Jong could be the first player to come in under Erik ten Hag, and I would say ‘yes, great signing’ He’s not huge in terms of frame, but he’s quick with the ball, very good dribbler, can get out of tough situations, makes good decisions, good passer, his balance and dribbling ability is really good,โ€ Ferdinand said.

He continued:

โ€œ(Man United) are a team looking for players who can control the ball and control the game and make the team work in terms of balance and possession; I think it would be a good addition. He’s not a player who scores heaps of goals like Bruno Fernandes, but more about dictating the game. He gives you a lot more of the other elements in the game that United need.”

Paddy Kenny wants Ralf Rangnick to quit

Former Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been unimpressed with Ralf Rangnick’s contributions to Manchester United since taking charge. The German manager will step upstairs this summer, while also taking charge of the Austrian national team.

Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny says Rangnick should leave the Red Devils and just focus on working in Austria.

โ€œWell, the club is all over the place, and you have this guy doing another job. First, he did absolutely nothing to justify staying next season. I know it was agreed but the whole club needs change, he should quit, really. Second, how can he concentrate on two jobs? Why does he want to stay? Surely he wants to fully concentrate on working in Austria,โ€ Kenny said.

He continued:

“You know what people will say if Austria start to underperform. They will tell him to leave Man United to focus on work. I think he will end up leaving at some point this summer or next season. , I don’t think it’s sustainable, so I think he’ll go away.”

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