“Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United in sensational”
1NEWS – Just hours after it looked like the Portuguese icon was set to join Manchester City, CR7 is back playing for the Theater of Dreams.
However, after we both saw the transfer issue that really made the Red Devils fans excited, there are several main issues that need to be addressed by United’s management.
Ronaldo returns to Manchester United
The arrival of Ronaldo in Man United’s plans this season could cause some tactical problems for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In any case, it’s hard to imagine where forwards like Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani might fit into things now that Ronaldo is back, especially tactical matters.
In the analysis of the famous English football site, GiveMeSport, at least the Norwegian man has 5 alternative formations for CR7 to be placed on the front lines of the Red Devils.
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So what are the 5 formation options?
1. Ronaldo leads the line
In this formation, it is clear the Portugal captain is the player who leads in front of goal by placing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba as the cogs of the Red Devils in midfield, of course this formation can work effectively if the greatest player of all time leads the attack.
2. A more traditional approach
However, if Solskjaer wants to play safer in the bigger games, then United can still build their attack on Ronaldo’s pedestal, but with Scott McTominay and Fred holding the bulwark in the Red Devils’ midfield.
3. Three defenders
With the presence of Raphael Varane in the United squad, it seems that Solskjaer needs to try again the three-back formation system he used in the 2020/2021 season and meanwhile, CR7 will be paired with Edison Cavani up front.
Even so, this formation had to sacrifice the talented duo of England national team players, Sancho & Rashford.
4. Ronaldo on the left
In applying this formation, it can be said that it will be less effective, because the current Ronaldo is not the Ronaldo 10 years ago, where from the left wing he can break through the opponent’s defense. Even so, this formation is suitable to pursue the achievement of three game points.
5. The Gerrard/Torres approach
Although, yes, this may seem more conservative than the ‘McFred’ approach to formation, but the possibility of Ronaldo and Fernandes forming a similar bond with Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres at Liverpool is not impossible, especially since they both play for Portugal.
Granted, that might underestimate Fernandes’ incredible stamina ability to play throughout the midfield, but given his role in terms of goalscoring and assists, playing him just behind Ronaldo could be a very good combo.
And now Solskjaer has to have a lot of options to make United’s success a reality and of course Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League is really nostalgic for United’s golden age.
United’s attack will obviously be getting tougher, but problems in the defensive midfield that continue to be ignored could be a big obstacle for them to reach a prestigious title this season, so the former Cardiff manager needs to be careful.
(muflih miftahul kamal/muf)