After the great comeback and the joy experienced during an afternoon at Old Trafford against Newcastle (4-1), Cristiano Ronaldo will now have to string together good performances with Manchester United so that the beautiful story continues. But at 36, the Portuguese no longer has the fiery legs he had during his first visit to England (2003-2009).
If he remains a formidable athlete, his new coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, could be brought in to help him this season. Former CR7 team-mate in the mid-2000s, the Norwegian has already made it clear before the Premier League meeting against Newcastle that he would not hesitate to put the Portuguese striker on the bench.
This is what Solskjaer could decide to do on Tuesday night, in the first match of the Champions League for Manchester United, on the lawn of Young Boys Bern (at 6.45 p.m.). “It’s not impossible that I’m going without him. He’s 36. Mason Greenwood is 19 and he’s the same. I have to manage his playing time like I have to manage playing time of a 36-year-old, “Solskjaer explained at a press conference.
After the meeting against Newcastle, the Norwegian coach explained that he had not hesitated for a single second to start Cristiano Ronaldo, for the symbolism represented by his comeback. But as the season progresses, Solskjaer could use his player more sparingly.
The Manchester United technician nevertheless insisted in a press conference that “Cristiano takes so much care of him, I know he is recovering quickly and has had a pre-season . But of course, it’s important that we have everyone on their feet, and it’s important that they are on their feet and have 90 minutes to be. “
With Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial on the bench – Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford are still injured – Solskjaer has in any case quality options in his squad to rest the legend of the Red Devils, who has perfectly looked after his return to the theater of dreams.
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