The arrival of the Portuguese at Old Trafford raises even more selection issues, but his former teammates are backing him for his positive impact.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United has made Ole Gunnar Solskjیرr a luxury, according to former Portugal international Dimitar Barbatov.
Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford, with the arrival of Judon Sanchez from Borussia Dortmund this summer, and Edinson Cavani signing a one-year contract extension, means Solskjیرr now has a choice of attacking areas. Has options.
Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Marshall are also looking for opportunities. The Red Devils boss now has to figure out how to keep all his forwards happy while effectively waking up his pack so that the game To win
He does a great job determining how successful United are this season, and Barbatov thinks his next job is “almost impossible.”
What has been said?
“It’s a luxury issue.” “> Betfair Ambassador Berbatov told the aim. With the arrival of Ronaldo, there is an option to attack for Solskir.
How do you keep everyone happy when you have Sanchez, Rashford, Greenwood, Marshall, Cavani and Ronaldo? It is possible, but it is close to impossible because you always have someone who is not happy with your playing time, and it is now the manager’s job: how to handle all these links, play time and all Keep happy ”
Ronaldo held his first training session with his new teammates on Wednesday. Saturday’s clash with Newcastle will provide an opportunity to see how Solskir intends to rotate its six international attackers.
He has already insisted that Ronaldo has not been bought to sit on the bench, and Barbatov expects the former Juventus man to make a regular start, especially in the biggest matches of the season.
He explained, “The players will need to move around, but I expect Ronaldo to start the important game, because when the game is not going well, you need a special person who can bring that spark and You can win the game. “
“But let’s not forget that Ronaldo is 36 years old and the Premier League is very fast with a lot of games, so he will definitely be around the team.”
Is Ronaldo’s age a problem?
At 36, Ronaldo is no longer the same player he was when he left United in 2009, and some have questioned whether the changes in his game since then have meant that he Struggling to create similar effects this time around.
“When you’re smart, you adapt to the game,” Barbatov said.
“I remember when Ryan Giggs was coming in the late thirties and still getting stronger, but he wasn’t playing left-handed anymore because obviously his pace wasn’t the same. He’s midfield and central. He was falling into positions where his passing and vision was very helpful. The same is true of Ronaldo.
“He may not be able to outrun some other players younger than him and run out, but he is still very fast, fast and intelligent.
“He can play as a center forward as in the past. Let’s not forget how many goals he has scored from left, right, headers. All the qualities of a great striker.
“I’m sure he knows how to adapt to his game and with Greenwood, Rashford, Marshall, Sancho, they’re all fast players around him. Needed and they will give him the ball.
“With Rashford, Greenwood, Sanchez and then Ronaldo in the middle, if you’re the other team, you’re going to move into the tunnel.”
Could Ronaldo be a problem for young players?
Another issue raised by those who doubt Ronaldo’s suitability for modern-day United is that his arrival will give some of the club’s young players, such as Greenwood, time to move on.
Barbatov, however, feels that the five-time Ballon d’Or and the winner will be an incentive for these players, and can have a long-term positive impact on their careers.
“I was surprised he decided to go back to United, but I was happy in the end,” said the former Bulgarian captain.
“If you look at it that way, it’s also a challenge because it’s not easy to get back to where you started. We all know that the second time doesn’t always succeed, many players and coaches fail when They go back. I hope it doesn’t happen to Ronaldo.
“But knowing him, how he trains, how he stays fit, he’s 36 and still better than a 21-year-old.
“I think he’s going to be a big success, especially for the young guys on the team who can watch, observe, copy and ask for advice. Can also increase. “
Can Man Utd win the Premier League with Ronaldo?
After finishing second in the Premier League last season, United are looking to take a step forward in 2021-22 and win their first title since 2013.
And with the arrival of Ronaldo, Barbatov believes, Solskir’s team will get a big boost as they will face defeats like Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the race to become English champions.
“That doesn’t mean United will be crowned automatically and they are champions now,” Barbatov said. “City, Liverpool and Chelsea play great football with great players and football is a team sport.
“But it’s a bonus because Ronaldo is there, he did it, he won whatever he had to win and it can boost the mindset.
“When someone like that comes to the club, you start telling yourself that you need to take yourself and work harder than before because you want to be on the same level as Ronaldo. ۔ “
Dmitry Berbatov was speaking before the start of Batfair’s new VAR-Batov series, where Premier League legends will judge the unfair moments in football that affect many punters. Watch the first of the series on Batfair’s Twitter next week.