The Sunday Supplement panel on Sky Sports were pessimistic about the chances of seeing Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo return to the Premier League.
As reported by BBC Sport, Louis van Gaal conceded this week that the club want to bring the Portuguese international back to Old Trafford.
Given the level of success that Ronaldo enjoyed during his first spell with the club, the news has naturally been met with excitement from United supporters.
However, Paul Hayward of The Telegraph along with the rest of the panel on the Sunday Supplement questioned why the 30-year-old would want to return to England at this stage of his career given the physical nature of the league.
Furthermore, they doubt that any club will want to spend a large transfer fee on the former United star given his age, as ultimately he has up to four years left at the top level during which he is likely to experience a decline in his ability.
The Portuguese ace hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down so far this season given that he has scored 13 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions, but after Madrid’s heavy defeat to Barcelona on Saturday, questions are being asked about his happiness in the Spanish capital with Rafa Benitez at the helm at the Bernabeu.
Benitez is reportedly close to being sacked given that he has failed to have the desired effect at the club since his arrival in the summer, as reported by Sky Sports, and so his departure could have an impact on Ronaldo’s plans beyond this season.
There appears to be many factors that could play a part in whether or not winger remains in Spain for the foreseeable future, but there is a common belief for many that his return wouldn’t be a smart move for either himself or United.