Ronaldo presents an interesting dilemma for Solskjaer, Rodgers or any Manchester United manager – Casey Evans

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Cristiano Ronaldo is a great footballer, unquestionably, and has shown this season that despite his advanced age, he is still one of the best forwards in world football and is an asset to Manchester United.

However, advancing age is probably a problem for many managers, as well as a contract that will last two seasons at the maximum after that. He will be 37 in February and the question is whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or if he is replaced as manager should he build his team around the player.

We’ve seen him let go so far this season. Ronaldo’s His ability to score so far this season, you have to fulfill some missing pieces in his game.

It doesn’t take much, so you have to make sure it’s always on point. Unified On offense, he only moves for the balls he feels, giving him a chance to save energy and also limited in how defensively he works and puts pressure when the ball is not at United.

Solskjaer He tried to combat this problem by kicking out Ronaldo and playing Edinson Cavani at centre, but with the return of Marcus Rashford this became less feasible and he approached the situation by playing two forwards on 3-5-2. Ronaldo is with Cavani again.

But as we saw against Manchester City, when Cavani was out of form, Ronaldo didn’t do any legwork and City held the ball.



MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo shows his disappointment during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City played on November 06, 2021 at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.  (Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo shows disappointment

On the other hand, if Ronaldo hadn’t been on the field against Atalanta in both fixtures the club has had with the Italian team, especially in the latter, United would most likely be out of the Champions League at this point and Solskjaer is probably out of business anyway.

So we determined that Solskajer has no answers on how to get Ronaldo on the team, but what if he is replaced as manager and a new coach comes in with different ideas.

Many United managers like Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers or Eric ten Hag require their forwards to do a lot of legwork, so they probably wouldn’t want Ronaldo to be the main point of their attack, especially since all three favor single-forward formations.

But I think the real question is why all those legs work when you’re going to be head to head with a system built around a completely irreplaceable player in a season or two.

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Ronaldo is a total nature freak (in a good way) and his goal-scoring ability can’t really be matched by anyone, but this isn’t about building a team around 25-year-old Ronaldo or even 31-year-old Ronaldo. Ronaldo. Any manager who comes in in the summer will have to train a 37-year-old player and there is a chance to leave after a year.

Therefore, if United are to replace Solskjaer, they need to choose a manager with a strong track record of rebuilding squads and adapting to situations with just a few signatures to fix the issues. The best option is ten Hag, which rebuilt it when Ajax smashed their team after the good Champions League in 2019.

Overall, whoever is sitting in United’s bunker will have to deal with this issue in the near future and this is not something United can ignore when looking at who wants to take this club forward, they need someone who can do their best. He moves away from her while she’s here, but quickly moves away from him after she’s gone.

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