Next year, that is.
According to The Sun, United have become desperate in their attempts to withhold Ronaldo from the clutches of Real Madrid and are entertaining the possibility of letting the Portuguese superstar depart at the end of the upcoming season.
It is understood that the Red Devils' owners, the Glazer family, are tiring of the saga and wish to wrap up the situation as quickly as possible, one way or another.
Los Merengues are offering around £70million for the 23-year-old, a world-record fee that would go some way to clearing United's mountain of debt.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson remains determined to block Ronaldo's exit and, as with all transfer dealings, has the Glazers' full support in this endeavour.
But a compromise could be on the horizon; one that would see a get-out clause, which would be triggered by bids of a certain amount, inserted in the player's contract.
A United source reportedly said: "Sir Alex is determined he will not let Ronaldo go now, if only on principle.
"But there are one or two people at United who are thinking ‘What’s the point of hanging on to him?’ when Real are ready to offer so much money. And Ronaldo will miss the start of the season in any case through injury.
"One solution being looked at is for Ronaldo to stay one more season, with the guarantee he can go for an agreed fee at the end of next season."