September 9, 2021 || 8:58 pm

Ronaldo’s return is a ‘luxury problem’ for Man Utd and Solskjaer – Berbatov

The Portu’guese’s arrival at Old Trafford raises even more selection issues, but his former team-mate is backing him to have a positive impact.


Cristiano Ronaldo’s arriva’l back at Manchester United has given Ole Gun’nar Solskj’aer a “luxury probl’em”, the Portugal inter’national’s former team’-mate Dimitar Berbatov believes.

Ronaldo’s retu’rn to Old Traff’ord, coupled with the arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borus’sia Dort’mund this summer, as well as Edinson Cav’ani signing a one-year contract exte’nsion, mea’ns Solskj’aer now has a raft of options to choose from in attacking areas.

With Marcus Rash’ford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Ma’rtial also vying for opportu’nities, the Red Devils’ boss must now work out how he is going to keep all of his forw’ard players ha’ppy while juggl’ing his pack effec’tively so as to win games.


How well he does that could deter’mine how succ’essful United are this season, and Ber’batov feels the task ahead of him is “near impo’ssible”.


What’s been said?

“This is a prob’lem; a lux”ury problem,” Betfair ambassador Berbatov told Goal about the attacking options available to Solskjaer following Ronaldo’s arrival.

“When you have San’cho, Rash’ford, Greenwood, Martial, Cavani and Ronaldo, how do ‘you keep eve’ryone happy here? It is poss’ible, but it’s also near impossible becau’se you’re always going to have someone who is not ha’ppy with his play’ing time, and this is the job of the manager now: how to manage all these conn’ections, play’ing time and keep every’one happy.”


With Ronaldo having undergone his first training session with his new team-mates on Wednesday, Sat’urday’s clash with Newc’astle will offer the cha’nce to see how Solskjaer plans to rotate his six intern’ational atta’ckers.


He has alr’eady insi’sted that Ronaldo has not been bought to sit on the bench, and Berb’atov expects the ex-Juven’tus man to be a regular starter, espe’cially in the season’s biggest matches.

“Pla’yers will need rotat’ing, but I expect Ronaldo to start important games, because when the game isn’t goin’g well you need that special someone that can bring that spark and win you the g’ame,” he expl’ained.

“But let’s not forget Ronaldo is 36 and the Pre’mier League is very fast with a lot of games, so he will be rota’ted aroun’d the team for sure.”

Is Ronaldo’s age a problem?

At 36, Rona’ldo is not the same player now compared to who he was when he left United b’ack in 2009, and so’me have quest’ioned whether the changes in his’ game sin’ce then will mean’ he stru’ggles to make the same kind of impact this time aro’und.

“When you’re clever, you adapt your game to wha’tever the situat’ion is,” Berba’tov said.

“I reme’mber when Ryan Gig’gs was com’ing to his late thirties and still going strong, but he wasn’t pla’ying left wing any more beca’use obvi’ously his speed wasn’t the same. He was drop’ping more into midfield and central positions where his passing and visio’n was very helpful. The same thing goes for Ronaldo.

“Maybe he cannot outp’ace and out run some other players yo’9unger than him, but he’s still very quick, fast and intel’ligent.

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