CRISTIANO RONALDO is torn over whether to cut short his Manchester United comeback.
Ronaldo, who turned 37 last week, is understood to have told pals that he is feeling his age for the first time in his long, illustrious trophy-laden career.
The Portugal legend would never publicly admit that the demands of the English top-flight are becoming too much — even for a fitness fanatic like him.
But Ronaldo may seek to cut short and abandon his planned two-year return to United.
That is if his own situation and that of the team does not change at Old Trafford.
The veteran striker has not scored in five appearances this year and was kept on the bench for most of Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Burnley.
Twiddling his thumbs at Turf Moor was not what Ronaldo had in mind when he agreed to come back to United after 12 years away.
And the three-time Premier League winner has been far from impressed by how the club has changed on and off the field.
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United’s squad is far inferior to the one he starred in under Sir Alex Ferguson and he feels this is the main factor in his own fluctuating form and influence.
But Ronaldo also recognises he has to work harder than ever to stay in the shape required to play at the top level – especially in the system favoured by interim boss Ralf Rangnick who likes players to press high and hard.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner installed an oxygen chamber at his home to help his body recover from the strains of Premier League football.
But if he and United run out of steam in the chase for a top-four place, then a parting of the ways is increasingly likely.
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