5 Interesting Facts Regarding the Return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United

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“Waiting for Ronaldo’s new history at Old Trafford.”

1NEWS – In a spectacular turn of events, Manchester United announced that the club had reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to the BBC, the Red Devils have reached a deal worth around £12.8m, not including extras. The deal has brought the Portuguese icon, who has won five Ballon d’Or titles and the Champions League, back to Old Trafford after 12 long years.

During his first spell at United, Ronaldo racked up 118 goals and 69 assists from 292 appearances across all competitions. While most of the focus of the world of football is the return of CR7. As it turns out, there are some interesting topics that could happen in the coming months.

On that note, here are five interesting facts with Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.

#5 Cristiano Ronaldo played under former teammate Solskjaer

United’s current coach and treble winner, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, had previously shared the Old Trafford pitch with Ronaldo for a brief period.

Solskjaer entered the twilight of his United career when the club signed Ronaldo in 2003. The Norwegian was one of the senior players in the Red Devils squad when Ronaldo made the first big step of his career. The duo played together for four years between 2003 and 2007, and won many trophies in their short time together.

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As team-mates, Ronaldo and Solskjaer have won the Premier League title, FA Cup and Community Shield among them. The Norwegian has always expressed his admiration for his former team-mate, and he did so hours at a press conference before the announcement of Ronaldo’s transfer.

#4 The emergence of Manchester United problems in the front lines of Marcus Rashford (center) and Mason Greenwood (right)

Prior to Ronaldo’s arrival, United were well stocked up front, especially after the arrival of Jadon Sancho and the extension of Edinson Cavani’s contract.

Most of the Red Devils fans set their sights on the defensive midfielder to strengthen the squad and challenge for domestic and European glory. However, a club like Manchester United cannot inherit Legend like Ronaldo, so the board closed the move within hours.

While this move will no doubt strengthen the United squad, some of Manchester’s current strikers will have to spend more time on the bench.

The likes of Daniel James and Jesse Lingard will be given very little playing time following Ronaldo’s arrival.

After a good start to the 2020/2021 season, Mason Greenwood may have to vacate his centre-forward position to make way for the Portuguese. Solskjaer may consider playing Greenwood in a wider position, but he will face stiff competition from the likes of Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.

Paul Pogba has racked up five assists in two Premier League appearances this season from a left midfield role, but the arrival of Ronaldo could push him back into the No. 6.

In the striker department, MU has Cavani and Anthony Martial as Cristiano Ronaldo backup. The Red Devils will definitely have a lot of problems in the attacking third, but it’s one of the best problems a coach could ask for.

#3 Cristiano Ronaldo mentor role at Manchester United

Ronaldo first arrived in Manchester as a scrawny 18-year-old boy and left Old Trafford as a man.

As the Portuguese has previously acknowledged, Sir Alex Ferguson and the people around Manchester United have been major contributors to the player he is today.

That includes his former Old Trafford team-mate, who reportedly played a key role in convincing Ronaldo to make the trip back home. The likes of Solskjaer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Keane have convinced him, and mentored the youngster during the early days of his United career.

Ronaldo has now returned to the club as a senior and one of the most accomplished players in the history of football.

This time, he will have a role to play in guiding the talented youngsters in the Red Devils squad. The likes of Greenwood, Rashford and Sancho should benefit significantly from Ronaldo’s presence in the team.

Some of them have grown up watching and admiring Ronaldo, and will now have the chance to pick his brain and learn about the daily routine of an elite athlete.

Greenwood will probably learn more from Ronaldo on the training ground and dressing room than as a regular Premier League starter. The 36-year-old’s experience and knowledge alone could be worth the £12.8m United reportedly paid for Ronaldo’s services.

#2 Reunion with former Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane

Another interesting fact for Ronaldo’s move back home is his reunion with his former Los Blancos team-mate, Raphael Varane.

This duo will have fond memories of playing together as a team. They won some of the biggest titles in club football together. Ronaldo was an integral member of the Real Madrid squad when Varane made his debut for the club in 2011.

The Frenchman soon established himself as one of the premier centre-backs in world football. He will prove it after five years at Madrid.

Ronaldo and Raphael Varane have jointly won four Champions League titles, three Club World Cups, two La Liga trophies and three European Super Cups. The duo won a total of 15 major trophies during their seven seasons in charge in the Spanish capital.

The Portuguese superstar will definitely be keen on joining up with his former team-mates again, and will be hoping to recreate some of the success they shared at the Santiago Bernabeu.

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo jersey number puzzle

It would feel so wrong to see Ronaldo doing his job in a Manchester United shirt without the #7 icon on the back.

As it happened, Edinson Cavani remains the number holder of the Portugal megastar’s preferred squad. Since the announcement of Ronaldo’s return, United fans have urged Cavani to give him his #7 jersey.

However, that is not possible according to the Premier League’s rules on squad numbers.

According to the rules, shirt numbers cannot be changed once the season starts.

Ronaldo can only be given the #7 jersey if Edinson Cavani wants to vacate it by leaving the club in the summer transfer window. Seems a bit unlikely, with only three days left on the window. However, the FA can sometimes make exceptions. MU supporters will probably argue that this is indeed an extraordinary situation.

The most likely possibility is that Ronaldo will wear the number 28, as he did during his stint at Sporting Lisbon. The 36-year-old can also choose the #12 or #15 jersey.

(yuli ardianto/yul)

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