One pundit has made a crazy claim that he can see Cristiano Ronaldo becoming the Manchester United manager in the next 18 months.
After returning to the club last month after 12 years away, Tim Sherwood thinks Ronaldo could have his eyes on the top job.
The Portugal ace has made a huge impact playing, with four goals in three games for the Red Devils. And Sherwood has already seen enough from Ronaldo and believes he will undoubtedly step up and become a coach.
The 36-year-old has previously been seen directing proceedings from the sidelines for the national team.
The attacker did offer a leader’s statement after United’s weekend’s win, suggesting that title glory was the aim. And Sherwood saw similar during the win at West Ham and thinks Ronaldo could step into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shoes imminently.
“I think it’s OK that Ronaldo’s on the touchline and Ole’s going to have to accept it. If he brings him to his football club you’ve got to know what you’re bringing in,” Sherwood told Ladbrokes, via Caught Offside.
“It’s a completely different Ronaldo to the one who was at Old Trafford the first time around. He knows how he’s needed and if he feels like he needs to stand next to the manager and give instructions then you’ve got to let him do that.
“I’m not sure he’d be doing that with Jose Mourinho mind you. It would be very different with him still in charge, but you’d also have to ask Ronaldo why he feels it’s necessary to stand up and give some instruction in the first place.
“We’ve seen him do it on the international stage, most recently at the Euros, barking out orders. That boy will be a manager 100%. I would have a bet on him being Manchester United manager in 18 months. Whenever Ronaldo finishes playing I think he will become a manager, it will be an automatic choice.”
Solskjaer needs to win silverware
Sherwood thinks Solskjaer could be under pressure if United fail to win silverware this season. And former Tottenham and Blackburn midfielder Sherwood believes Ronaldo is made to step up into the role.
“If they win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, any of those trophies, then Solskjaer keeps his job. But if they don’t win anything I think they’ve got a manager there in the making. He could bring an experienced coach in there with him – someone like Carlos Queiroz – as he’ll know plenty of them. I can see him being a manager at Man United in the future.
“He’s almost coaching now; you saw it at the weekend during the warm-up whispering in Varane’s and Maguire’s ears, but I don’t think it’s that he needs the captain’s armband to be a leader, he leads by example anyway. He did when he was at United the first time it’s just now he’s being more vocal with it.”