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Will Cristiano Ronaldo become the next Manchester United manager?

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Tim Sherwood and Michael Owen gave their verdicts on whether Cristiano Ronaldo will become a Manchester United manager.

Tim Sherwood is ‘convinced’ Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to become Manchester United’s manager one day, a notion even Michael Owen won’t rule out.

Ronaldo caught attention in the build-up to Manchester United’s 2-1 win at West Ham by going around some of his teammates, including Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, and seemingly dishing out advice during a warm-up.

It again showcased Ronaldo’s leadership qualities and left Sherwood convinced he has all of the hallmarks required for the manager’s job at Old Trafford.

Sherwood is convinced Ronaldo came back for a reason

Speaking on the Premier League’s official channel before kick-off, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss said: “He [Ronaldo] is out there, he’s having a chat. Even with Varane, who has won everything, Paul Pogba, [a] World Cup winner.

“This guy is going to play for as long as his legs take him, then he’s going to be the manager, I’m convinced of it.

“He will definitely manage and I can see him being the manager of Manchester United. I certainly can. I think he’ll bring a very experienced coach in with him and he’ll end up sitting in that manager’s seat. I’m convinced that he’s come back for a reason.”

What does Owen think about this?

While Owen failed to stifle a laugh at Sherwood’s prediction, he wouldn’t rule out the prospect of Ronaldo becoming a Manchester United manager either.

“I can see him being a manager one day,” said the former Liverpool and United striker.

“I think it would be very hard to have the adulation and the exposure and then all of a sudden just shut down and fall off the face of the earth.

“I think people like that, like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, some of the great players that we’ve had on these shores, it’s almost like a drug.

“I can see Ronaldo probably going into the management and, I mean, Manchester United is as possible as anyone.”