Crazybola.com – Cristiano Ronaldo’s transfer saga continues quickly and surprisingly, as he has now CANCELED his move to Manchester City and instead has a great opportunity to return to Manchester United.
It has been previously reported through the media that Manchester United are now working on a contract for their former icon, with Cristiano Ronaldo having told his agent Jorge Mendes that he is open to a return to Old Trafford.
The positive benefit of the 36-year-old forward’s return will be to increase the sharpness, experience and mentality of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s raw squad which have not won a trophy since their Europa League triumph in 2017.
So how is Manchester United’s formation to welcome the arrival of their former idol at the end of this summer’s transfer window? Here are three approximate formations that can be played by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:
1 l Winger
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer generally plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation and while Marcus Rashford is injured, Cristiano Ronaldo could immediately take his place on the right wing, a role he has also played during his six-year career at Old Trafford albeit in a slightly different formation.
Jadon Sancho will keep the right wing backed up by Daniel James, while Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood are vying for places up front. The fate of Anthony Martial is now in question, especially if Marcus Rashford returns from surgery.
2 l Central striker
While Cristiano Ronaldo may not be as agile and quick as he used to be, he can stifle Manchester United’s quick counter-attack and that could see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer shift him as the team’s finisher in the central striker position.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James with their speed and youthful passion will offer lightning attacks and dribbling abilities that break down opposing defenses to then provide spoiled service for Cristiano Ronaldo. Edinson Cavani who was reluctant to immediately return to the squad could be shifted to the bench.
3 l Duet striker
An alternative option is the classic 4-4-2 formation, although in this formation Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a really strong defensive midfielder and Paul Pogba can be sacrificed in this formation.
Cristiano Ronaldo, in turn, will be played as one of the two strikers he played at Real Madrid and Juventus when playing in a 4-4-2 formation, instead of playing the winger role he played during his six years at Old Trafford between 2003-2009.