Maguire excited to welcome Ronaldo back to Man Utd
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This summer’s transfer window has seen Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer find themselves with a winning hand – now the Norwegian has to figure out how to play it. Cristiano Ronaldo brings goals, leadership, experience and a winning mentality second to nobody who has ever laced up a pair of football boots.
Unfortunately, the former Real Madrid and Juventus ace brings pressure, and lots of it too.
All aces, 123 million of them to be exact, were already slapped firmly on the table by Solskjaer when Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane were brought to Old Trafford.
On paper, Ronaldo’s surprise return has given Solskjaer an extra ace, forming an unbeatable five of a kind hand – there can be no more excuses now.
Solskjaer will never get a better opportunity to beat the house that has been dominated by Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea – a Premier League title or FA Cup trophy may not be a big enough prize considering the dominant hand they now have.
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With a back four of Aaron Wan-Bisakka, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, and Luke Shaw, only a mad man would shuffle a defensive full house.
Like a flush, their midfield area is more impressive than most, but it can occasionally be beaten by quick thinking and intelligent opposition.
Their attacking line is where the highest chips can be found, but only so many can be fielded into the mix.
The most valuable and most precious stars are in their attacking line, but one of their most expensive chips, Paul Pogba, may have to be moved further back into their defensive midfield area.
With five assists in the opening three matches, Pogba looks to have clicked into the very same gear he regularly finds when playing for France.
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But, with Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, and the impressive Mason Greenwood, whose goals have rescued United against Southampton and Wolves, making up the frontline, Pogba’s role may have to change.
His passing range, technical prowess, and football brain, are superior to his own goalscoring exploits.
Pogba’s efforts and abilities could very easily make him the perfect supplier to the attacking starlets leading the line.
Greenwood’s runs in behind, Sancho’s direct running and fast feet, Ronaldo’s heading, and Bruno’s outstanding ability to find space in between the lines, can all be fed beautifully by Pogba’s passing and vision.
It has been understood Ronaldo could be the man leading the line as a centre-forward, but he was stifled by the Republic of Ireland, before he moved back out to the left wing.
The lightning performances and finishing of Greenwood has also demonstrated he could be a lethal striker, similar to Kylian Mbappe of France.
Greenwood strikes a ball with both feet cleaner than most, he can cut onto his favoured left foot or drive down the outside and finish with his right, and vice versa.
He can terrorise defences by running beyond and stretching them or he can take them head on by driving past or striking from distance.
Whatever happens he can also create space for Sancho, Fernandes and Ronaldo to exploit, and if both of the latter Portuguese stars are playing together, they do also have a habit of getting into each others way.
Of course Solskjaer and his assistants will have many ideas in their head, and they will soon be applying them after the break.
One thing is for sure, he absolutely has to play his cards right, otherwise he may find himself without any at all come next season.
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