Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly given a sensational return for Cristiano Ronaldo his seal of approval. The Juventus star could be on the move after two years in Italy as the Serie A giants look to sort their finances in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. So Express Sport will now take a look at what Solskjaer had said about the 35-year-old.
‘Best player in the world’
Speaking earlier this year, Solskjaer was asked to name his dream six-a-side team.
He was also asked which two 1999 treble winners he’d love to have at his disposal, and opted to name both Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs.
But Solskjaer also said: “Don’t forget I played with Cristiano and he’s the best player in the world — so I wouldn’t mind having him in my team too.”
We bet you wouldn’t.
United may have won the Premier League title twice since Ronaldo left 11 years ago but they’ve sorely missed the 35-year-old in the 11 years since his move to Real Madrid.
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‘Cristiano was an easy goal for me’
Solskjaer admitted that he spoke with Ronaldo about Bruno Fernandes shortly before signing the 26-year-old.
“We’ve got the chief scouts who do all the scouting, we’ve got the analysts who analyse and break everything down to a minutest detail. But you can see that with your eye really what talent and quality you’ve got,” Solskjaer told the High Performance Podcast.
“Then you speak to teammates, who maybe play with them in the national team.
“So obviously Cristiano was an easy goal for me.
“I managed to get through Patrice Evra, I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stands him [Fernandes] in good stead.”
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Marcus Rashford comparison
Solskjaer claimed in January 2019 that Marcus Rashford must have been watching Ronaldo, after the England international scored a fine free-kick in a 2-0 win over Newcastle.
“I can talk about loads of individuals but when you’re a striker like he is, scores such a great goal like today, calm, composed, just passes it past the goalkeeper,” he said.
“But then his free-kicks, that was, of course, the start against Cardiff and then he does it again, he’s got a great hit.
“He must have been watching Cristiano when he was practicing.”
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Pinpointing Ronaldo as a danger
Also in 2019, Solskjaer expressed a belief the Champions League wasn’t a free-for-all because of Ronaldo’s involvement in the competition.
“There’s still top, top quality,” Solskjaer said prior to the quarter-final draw.
“Of course, with Cristiano still in it, I don’t think it’s opened up that much!
“It goes in cycles. Porto won it in 2004, Monaco got to the final, Ajax… you never know. On any given day any team can beat anyone of them eight.”
Ronaldo couldn’t propel Juventus to Champions League glory that year, however.
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