He’s still OUR poster boy! Man United show off the absent Cristiano Ronaldo as the main man on their kit – but hold back a special advert – as he skips their flight to Thailand and Chelsea keep an eye on a move
- Manchester United have officially released their kit for the 2022-2023 campaign
- The Red Devils have used Cristiano Ronaldo as their poster boy for the big reveal
- Ronaldo was pictured wearing the new kit despite speculation about 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 2022-2023 season and are using Cristiano Ronaldo as one of their poster boys, despite uncertainty over 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 stalwarts.
However, a special advert featuring Ronaldo is being held in reserve until the club gets clarity about his future after the Portugal international told the Red Devils he would leave this summer if they were given a suitable offer for him.
Manchester United released their kit for the 2022-2023 campaign, using Cristiano Ronaldo as one of their poster boys (above)
United have published their new comic for the 2022-2023 season on their website – featuring the ‘Authentic Home Shirt’, the shirt worn by players, retailing for £100. The traditional replica shirt is available for £70.
Next season’s shirt will feature United’s traditional red and white colors and refer to the strip worn by the Red Devils in the 1990s.
The white collar, slanted badge and vertical stitching give the shirt a retro feel. The club’s sponsors and partners are visible on both the sleeve and front of the club’s home, away and third kit.
The 37-year-old striker is pictured in United’s new red and white collared shirt as the club presented their new kit to the Old Trafford stalwarts
Ronaldo has been pictured with the new strip, despite the controversy surrounding his future at Old Trafford.
But the Red Devils have refrained from releasing a special ad they shot ahead of Friday’s shirt unveiling as it targets the rowdy Portugal international.
Ronaldo was reportedly filmed alongside Eric Cantona and David Beckham in a special clip that appeared to use the club’s three iconic number 7s to reveal the 2022-2023 strip – according to The Athletic.
Next season’s shirt will feature United’s traditional red and white colors and reference the strip worn by the Red Devils in the 1990s
However, they withheld the video when Ronaldo told United he wanted to leave the club this summer to join a side in the Champions League.
Ronaldo was due to return on Monday for pre-season preparation, but he has been given a compassionate leave of absence from United over a family-related issue.
The player has missed four days of training so far and will not be flying with the team on their pre-season tour to Bangkok on Friday. The club still doesn’t know if Ronaldo can 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 flying out on the club’s pre-season tour
Ronaldo’s future created an immediate early problem for new boss Erik ten Hag
“He has been given extra time off to solve a family problem. Cristiano is under contract with Manchester United for another season and is not for sale.”
Ronaldo is said to be unhappy about suggestions he has declined to come to training as he had the club’s permission to stay in Lisbon with partner Georgina Rodriguez and his children.
Nevertheless, Ronaldo’s continued absence will no doubt spark speculation about 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 is excited about the prospect of signing Ronaldo this summer
Chelsea and Napoli are said to be two of the European giants looking to sign Ronaldo this summer. However, it will be difficult for both clubs to match his £500,000-a-week wage.
New boss Erik ten Hag will also be reluctant to let the 37-year-old striker leave as he looks to bolster his squad for the 2022-2023 season.
The Dutchman has finally secured his first signing as manager when left-back Tyrell Malacia landed a £14.6m deal from Feyenoord earlier this week.
Ten Hag is also negotiating a deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. However, progress seems to be stagnating.