Manchester United report: David Beckham offers Cristiano Ronaldo Old Trafford exit

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo applauds the fans after the UEFA Europa League match between Omonia Nicosia and Manchester United on 6 October, 2022 at the GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
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Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham has reportedly offered Cristiano Ronaldo a way out of Manchester United (opens in new tab), as speculation surrounding the striker's future rumbles on.

It's been three months since Ronaldo first told United he wanted to leave (opens in new tab), and it's fair to say he's not currently enjoying a high point of his career.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner has mostly had to make do with a spot on the bench under Erik ten Hag this season – he didn't even get on the pitch in last weekend's Manchester derby – prompting talk of a January departure, after no transfer materialised in the summer.

Close-up shot of David Beckham smiling

Beckham's Inter Miami entered MLS in 2018 (Image credit: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, The Telegraph (opens in new tab) reported that United would let Ronaldo move on in the New Year should a suitable offer be put on the table.

Could Beckham – who is also Inter Miami's president – come to the rescue, then? According to the Daily Star (opens in new tab), the Florida club are ready to give Ronaldo a contract worth £30m a year to bring him to MLS – where Beckham himself spent five years with LA Galaxy.

However, the report adds that Inter Miami – who are coached by another ex-United player from the Sir Alex Ferguson era, Phil Neville – wouldn't want to pay a transfer fee for Ronaldo, who turns 38 in February.

Clearly, that would be less than ideal for United, but by keeping Ronaldo they'd run the risk of having an increasingly unsettled player in the squad. If he's hardly playing, is it worth hanging onto him? He's set to become a free agent at the end of the season anyway.

Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo looks on from the bench during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United on 2 October, 2022 at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, United Kingdom

Ronaldo watches on from the bench during the Manchester derby (Image credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Ronaldo made only his fourth start of 2022/23 as United won 3-2 at Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday night – and it's hard to see him starting too many of 10 remaining games between now and the World Cup.

That tournament – which may well be his last – might be just what the Portugal (opens in new tab) captain needs, though, ahead of a potential premature end to his frustrating second spell at Old Trafford.

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Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney believes that Ronaldo will get his chance under Erik ten Hag (opens in new tab), despite the Dutchman not handing him a Premier League start since the second weekend of the campaign.

One of Ronaldo's fellow United forwards had come in for criticism from an ex-Red Devils star, though: Paul Scholes has labelled £82m summer arrival Antony "a one-trick pony" (opens in new tab).

Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford has been linked with a sensational move to Barcelona next summer, with the Catalan giants said to have already agreed a deal for the England international (opens in new tab).

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...