David Beckham says he would welcome a change at Manchester United ahead of the 2022/23 season, but hopes Cristiano Ronaldo will remain part of the club’s plans for the future.
Talking to Sky Sports at the Miami Grand Prix, the former United midfielder shared his views on the successor to his famous No. 7 shirt at United, saying fans want the 37-year-old to see his contract, which expires in 2023.
He also spoke about this season’s fight under interim head coach Ralph Rangnick, who will be replaced by Ajax boss Eric ten Haag this summer, explaining he believes fans will be “grateful” that the current season ends in two weeks.
“I think we need to make the changes and the changes that are happening, we’ve seen that,” Beckham said.
“It was a tough end to the season. But this is the end of the season, I’m sure many fans are grateful for that because it was tough – full of ups and downs.
“The players did the best they could, so did the manager. I showed up at the stadium a few months ago and every seat was filled so the fans still believe, support, show up for the team.
“That’s what United fans are doing. There aren’t a lot of teams that have gone through what they’ve been through in the last few years and are still filling their stadium. There will be a change.”
On Ronaldo’s future, he added: “Obviously Cristiano is one of the best players in the last 15 years, with Leo [Messi]. It’s important for fans to see him stay, hopefully at United.
“It’s important to him – we all know how much Man United means to him. He still does what he does best, he scores goals. That’s what Cristiano does.
“Doing what he does at his age is really amazing, so hopefully it will continue like that for another year or two.”
Schmeichel: The Hague is an opportunity for change
Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes that the appointment of Ten Hague is the perfect opportunity for a big change at Old Trafford, after a particularly substandard season that left United in sixth place in the Premier League.
“It’s not nice to watch,” Schmeichel said. “It’s hard to understand, but also to put your finger on exactly what’s wrong.
“We have been struggling since Alex [Ferguson] left the club. We spent a lot of money and we got somewhere, but not far enough.
“Given that Erik ten Haag is coming now, it’s an opportunity for change and I think that’s what we want – maybe modernize the club a bit, restructure the club. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”