September 25, 2022

He is still OUR poster boy! Man United show Cristiano Ronaldo as main man in their kit reveal – but withhold special announcement – ​​as he skips flight to Thailand and Chelsea consider move

  • Manchester United have officially released their kit for the 2022-2023 campaign
  • The Red Devils used Cristiano Ronaldo as a poster boy for the big reveal
  • Ronaldo was pictured wearing the new kit despite speculation over his future
  • Chelsea and Napoli are among the clubs interested in the 37-year-old striker

Manchester United have released their home kit for the 2022-23 campaign and used Cristiano Ronaldo as one of their posters despite the uncertainty surrounding his future at the club.

The 37-year-old striker was pictured wearing United’s new red and white collared shirt as the club presented their kit to the Old Trafford faithful.

However, a special advert featuring Ronaldo is being held in store until the club clarify his future after the Portugal international told the Red Devils he wants to leave this summer if they receive a suitable offer for him .

Manchester United released their kit for the 2022-23 campaign and used Cristiano Ronaldo as one of their poster boys (above)

United have published their new strip for the 2022-23 season on their website – along with the ‘authentic home shirt’, the one worn by the players, priced at £100. The traditional replica shirt is available for £70.

Next season’s shirt features United’s traditional red and white colors and references the strip the Red Devils wore in the 1990s.

The white collar, the bias badge and the vertical seams give the shirt a retro look. The club’s sponsors and partners will be visible on both the sleeve and the front of the club’s home, away and third shirts.

The 37-year-old striker was seen pictured in United's new red and white collared shirt as the club presented their new kit to the Old Trafford faithful.

The 37-year-old striker was seen pictured in United’s new red and white collared shirt as the club presented their new kit to the Old Trafford faithful.

Ronaldo was pictured wearing the new stripe despite controversy surrounding his future at Old Trafford.

But the Red Devils have refrained from releasing a special advert they shot in the lead-up to Friday’s shirt reveal, as it focuses on the escaped Portugal international.

Ronaldo was reportedly filmed alongside Eric Cantona and David Beckham in a special clip which sought to use the club’s three iconic No.7s to reveal the 2022-23 strip – according to The Athletic.

Next season's shirt features United's traditional red and white colors and references the strip the Red Devils wore in the 1990s

Next season’s shirt features United’s traditional red and white colors and references the strip the Red Devils wore in the 1990s

However, they withheld the video as Ronaldo told United he wanted to leave the club this summer to join a Champions League side.

Ronaldo was due to report for pre-season training on Monday but United were given compassionate leave over a family issue.

The player has so far missed four days of training and is not flying with the squad on their pre-season tour to Bangkok on Friday. The club are still unsure whether Ronaldo will be able to join the four-game, 16-day trip at a later date.

A club spokesperson confirmed: “Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United party scheduled for our pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.

Ronaldo has missed four days of training so far and is not taking part in the club's pre-season tour

Ronaldo has missed four days of training so far and is not taking part in the club’s pre-season tour

Ronaldo's future posed an immediate early problem for new boss Erik ten Hag

Ronaldo’s future posed an immediate early problem for new boss Erik ten Hag

“He got extra leave to sort out a family issue. Cristiano remains under contract with Manchester United for another season and is not for sale.

Ronaldo is said to be unhappy with suggestions that he refused to show up for training, considering he had the club’s permission to stay in Lisbon with his partner Georgina Rodriguez and his children.

Nonetheless, Ronaldo’s continued absence is sure to fuel speculation over his future after he told United he wanted to leave and his agent Jorge Mendes held talks with several clubs.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly keen to sign Ronaldo this summer

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly keen to sign Ronaldo this summer

Chelsea and Napoli are said to be two of the European giants interested in signing Ronaldo this summer. However, it will be difficult for either club to match his £500,000-a-week wage.

New boss Erik ten Hag will also be reluctant to let the 37-year-old forward go as he looks to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.

The Dutchman finally secured his first signing as manager as left-back Tyrell Malacia arrived in a £14.6million deal from Feyenoord earlier this week.

Ten Hag is also in the process of negotiating a deal with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. However, progress appears to be stalling.

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