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The three managers Manchester United are considering to be the club's next boss will be tasked with convincing Cristiano Ronaldo to remain at the club.
Ronaldo is considering his future at the club as he waits to discover who will be appointed as the next permanent manager at Old Trafford.
The Portuguese forward's United deal runs until the summer of 2023 but he could leave this summer after a source said: "He thought it would be better than this.
"He's a born winner and want to be winning more trophies, so who the next manager turns out to be will help him decide his next move."
Therefore, one of the first tasks for the new manager will likely be to keep their current top goal scorer at the club beyond the summer.
Ralf Rangnick has had mixed results since being appointed as interim manager and he will step down from the role at the end of this season.
United have three candidates under consideration to succeed him as permanent boss in the form of Erik ten Hag, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino.
However, it is unclear how Ronaldo will react to the appointment of one of these three managers and the approach they will bring to the club.
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Erik ten Hag
Ajax boss Ten Hag has long been linked with a move to the Premier League with reports of interest from United, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United in recent months.
He and Ronaldo have met before, during the latter's time at Juventus, coming face-to-face in the Champions League last eight back in 2019.
Ajax shocked the Italian giants to progress despite Ronaldo scoring in both legs and he and ten Hag shared an embrace during the first leg in Turin.
However, ahead of the return fixture, Ten Hag had said that he would not ask his players to pay special attention to Ronaldo.
The most likely stumbling block when it comes to Rodgers' ability to manage a club of United's size is his lack of experience managing big name players.
This has been a constant criticism of him when his name has been linked with United in the past, with pundits questioning his ability to handle the likes of Ronaldo.
In November, Rodgers' former player Glen Johnson said: “But whether the likes of Ronaldo buy into that and everything he’s going to do, I’m not so sure.
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“I don’t know who, but I think whoever gets the Manchester United job has got to be a manager who’s been with these sorts of players and that level of club before.”
However, despite the idea he has not managed enough big names, Rodgers was in charge of a Liverpool side including Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard which came agonisingly close to winning a league title.
On paper, Pochettino is the candidate most likely to be able to produce a positive reaction out of Ronaldo if he takes over in the United dugout.
In his roles at Spurs and Paris Saint-Germain, Pochettino has managed big players in big games and had previously spoken very highly of Ronaldo.
In 2017, he said: "He has been awarded ‘The Best’ and the truth is that he deserves it. In addition to his qualities as a professional, he is an example.
"He never tires of repeating that the secret is to work hard, to strive, to take care of himself. Every player should apply it."
The only doubt is whether he can get Ronaldo, who will be 37 by the summer, to buy into his pressing style of play.
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