'Ronaldo to be Utd coach in 18 months'

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A former Premier League coach has claimed that Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will "undoubtedly" become a manager and has tipped him to take over the helm at Old Trafford.  

Ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood has revealed that he believes the Portuguese forward will one day take charge of the Red Devils, as the former Lilywhites manager believes the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has demonstrated an ability to do so. 

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"I think it's OK that Ronaldo is on the touchline and Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] is going to have to accept it. If he brings him to his football club you've got to know what you're bringing in," Sherwood told British betting company Ladbrokes. 

"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. 

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

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The 36-year-old Ronaldo, who is in the twilight of his career, signed a two-year deal with the English giants and has never openly expressed his desire to go into management once he retires. 

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