Cristiano Ronaldo is set to force Manchester United to switch five players’ roles.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s emotional return to Manchester United has been completed.
Manchester United has re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s a remarkable move that has sent shockwaves around the world of football. It might also have major ramifications for the other five players. Express Sport will now look at players who may be ready for a role change.
Mason Greenwood has been a standout for United so far this season.
The England international has three Premier League goals in as many games, the most recent coming against Wolves on Sunday.
Greenwood has mostly been used in the middle this season, with the exception of the 1-1 tie with Southampton.
However, with Ronaldo certain to play at No 9, the teenager might potentially be placed out wide.
That isn’t always a negative thing, as the 19-year-old is equally at home on the flanks as he is in the middle.
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Jadon Sancho joined United this summer after a £73 million trade from Borussia Dortmund.
And he’s another whose role could shift now that Ronaldo has completed an emotional return to his homeland.
Sancho was brought in to play on the right flank, but the surprising return of their old No 7 might change things suddenly.
It’s possible that the 21-year-old will start on the left, with Greenwood on the right and Ronaldo strutting his stuff in the middle.
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On the left wing, Paul Pogba has been in superb form.
But, once Marcus Rashford returns from shoulder surgery, he’ll almost certainly be pushed back to midfield.
Pogba could still be given the license to attack, especially after five assists in his first three outings.
However, it appears that his days as a wide player are numbered.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have previously considered this, as he utilized the midfielder in his natural position against Wolves on Sunday.
Edinson Cavani was United’s first-choice centre-forward at the end of last season.
However, things are likely to change now, with Ronaldo slated to take over as the No. 9 position.
As a result, Cavani will have to accept more time on the bench.
The Uruguayan international is unlikely to be pleased with this. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”