Liverpool legend tells Ronaldo to take ‘huge pay cut’ to secure Man Utd exit to ‘any club in the world’

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Man Utd striker Cristiano Ronaldo points out something in the crowd

Robbie Fowler thinks Cristiano Ronaldo “should be aware” that he needs to take a “huge pay cut” if he wants to leave Man Utd in January.

The Portugal international spent most of the summer transfer window trying to move clubs after the Red Devils failed to qualify for the Champions League.

A lack of concrete interest, except one offer from Saudi Arabia, saw Ronaldo stay at Man Utd this campaign.

However, Erik ten Hag has only afforded him two Premier League starts this term and his lack of minutes came to a head last week when Ronaldo refused to come off the bench in their 2-0 victory over Tottenham.

Ronaldo was fined and made to train by himself before he apologised and re-joined first-team training on Tuesday.

“It is quite clear that Ronaldo doesn’t fit into that plan, so the best concern for all parties is if he goes,” Fowler told the Daily Mirror. “The simple answer I can give you. He is a great player but if he wants to play close to 90 minutes then he has got to go.”

And now there is speculation that Man Utd will allow Ronaldo to leave in January if he can find another club – but Fowler reckons it’s the Portugal international’s wages that are getting in the way of him finding a new club.

“As a player, it is hard to get your head around that you aren’t the first player being picked for the team,” Fowler added.

“That’s why I left Liverpool for Leeds. I felt for me and my game, as much as I love Liverpool, I needed to play football. I felt I was forced out of the club by not playing but I needed to go and play for my own sanity.

“The money situation is massive and any club in the world would take him. If he wants to continue to play at a good level then unfortunately for him he will have to take a huge pay cut. He should be aware of that.”

One team that has been linked with Ronaldo is his former side Sporting Lisbon, but their coach Ruben Amorim recently ruled out his return because of his wage demands.

“Ronaldo is a top player,” Amorim said.

“He is a Manchester United player. Everybody in Sporting dreams of the return for Cristiano but we don’t have the money to pay his wages.

“I think he is happy in Manchester but is not playing so that is the problem.

“But I have my problems so it is Ten Hag’s problem! I am very happy with my players, no problem at all at the moment, so I just want to beat Tottenham.”

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