Sporting could stand alone as Ronaldo’s final opportunity to leave United and maintain his Champions League status this season. And the Primeira Liga club will be confident of challenging to progress into the knockouts after being drawn in Group D alongside Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham Hotspur and Marseille.
But with seven days left until the clock strikes 11pm on September 1, the lack of movement and decreasing time period for United to identify a worthy replacement makes Ronaldo’s exit improbable. The number seven could start back-to-back Premier League games on the bench when Ten Hag’s side visit Southampton on Saturday.
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