Cristiano Ronaldo and Erik ten Hag could have clear-the-air talks on Tuesday morning with the latter able to offer the striker a route back into the fold. Ronaldo was frozen out of the squad to play Chelsea on the weekend after storming down the tunnel in a huff after being asked to go on as a late substitute against Spurs.
But Ten Hag will extend an olive branch to the striker after they meet at Carrington today and will pitch him back into motion against Sheriff Tiraspol within the Europa League on Thursday.
Each United’s hierarchy and the manager have stressed that Ronaldo stays a valued member of the squad going forward despite their being an appreciation he will be high-maintenance.
Sources on the club stressed they hope the striker will see out the rest of his contract but there may be an acceptance that he could agitate for a move in January.
Relations between Ten Hag and the player have been tense over the course of this season with Ronaldo making it clear he wanted out and the previous reluctant to start out him.
It reached boiling point last week against Spurs when Ronaldo was asked to go on for the ultimate couple of minutes within the win over Tottenham and refused.
The Portugal legend issued a proof on social media which stopped in need of apology insisting “sometimes the warmth of the moment gets the higher of us”.
And while Ten Hag hinted last week he wanted a show of contrition he can also be keen to broke a truce of sorts with a busy period of games coming up before the World Cup.
Despite being a long-time United favourite and undoubted club legend, Ronaldo appears to be rapidly falling out of favour with the Red Devils fan base.
In a recent poll 4 out of each five supporters voted in favour of moving Ronaldo on within the upcoming January transfer window and drawing a line under the ugly saga, which threatens to overshadow the complete season.