Ronaldo tipped to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Man Utd boss in "18 months"

Cristiano Ronaldo has been tipped to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United manager within the next 18 months.

Ronaldo has hit the ground running since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus, scoring three goals in four matches including the equaliser that sparked United's comeback win against West Ham on Sunday.

His impact is there for all to see, although some people felt he overstepped the mark when he appeared to coach his team-mates from the touchline during last week's Champions League defeat to young Boys.

Solskjaer played down Ronaldo's technical area foray, but Sherwood believes it is sign of things to come and is predicting the 36-year-old forward will replace the Norwegian in the not so distant future.

Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side bet on Arsenal v Spurs, Sherwood said: "I think it’s OK that Ronaldo’s on the touchline and Ole’s going to have to accept it.

"If he brings him to his football club you’ve got to know what you're bringing in. It’s a completely different Ronaldo to the one who was at Old Trafford the first time around.

"He knows how he's needed and if he feels like he needs to stand next to the manager and give instructions then you’ve got to let him do that.

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"I’m not sure he’d be doing that with Jose Mourinho mind you, it would be very different with him still in charge, but you’d also have to ask Ronaldo why he feels it's necessary to stand up and give some instruction in the first place.

"We've seen him do it on the international stage, most recently at the Euros, barking out orders. That boy will be a manager 100%. I would have a bet on him being Manchester United manager in 18 months."

Sherwood believes Solskjaer's future could hinge on whether or not he wins a trophy this season. If he doesn't, then the former Spurs and Aston Villa boss says it will be curtains for the United chief.

"Whenever Ronaldo finishes playing I think he will become a manager, it will be an automatic choice," Sherwood added.

"If they win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, any of those trophies, then Solskjaer keeps his job, but if they don’t win anything I think they’ve got a manager there in the making.

"He could bring an experienced coach in there with him – someone like Carlos Queiroz – as he’ll know plenty of them, and I can see him being a manager at Man United in the future.

"He’s almost coaching now; you saw it at the weekend during the warm-up whispering in Varane’s and Maguire's ears, but I don’t think it’s that he needs the captain’s armband to be a leader, he leads by example anyway.

"He did when he was at United the first time it’s just now he's being more vocal with it."

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