Despite a friendly defeat by Stoke, Cristiano Ronaldo may have discovered the ideal Manchester United teammate.
Manchester United were defeated by Stoke City in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday, but there were some positives for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take away.
When Cristiano Ronaldo returns to action for his new club Manchester United, he has been offered a glimpse into who could be his ideal partner. After completing a £13 million move to Old Trafford, the great attacker is presently on international duty with Portugal.
For the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, Ronaldo will be joined by new United teammate Bruno Fernandes.
However, not every United player has been allowed to join their country during the campaign’s first international break.
With 11 days until their next Premier League match, the Red Devils have offered the stars who have remained at home the opportunity to play more.
That opportunity has come in the shape of behind-closed-doors friendly matches, with Championship side Stoke City serving as their most recent opponent.
The game, though, will have done nothing to alleviate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s fears about his team’s poor start to the season.
United were defeated 4-3 at Old Trafford by Michael O’Neil’s side, who are currently in the second-tier play-off places.
The Red Devils chose a strong team for the game, supposedly captained by Michael Carrick, with Edinson Cavani, Donny Van De Beek, and Juan Mata also starting.
Mason Greenwood, who has started the season with a bang, was also in the team for the game.
Greenwood had three goals in his side’s first three Premier League games, but he was left out of England’s team for this week’s internationals.
On Wednesday afternoon, he scored for the fourth game in a row, with Teden Mengi also scoring for United.
Greenwood’s performance against Stoke City could have provided Ronaldo some insight into his ideal partner.
In their last two games, Solskjaer’s team has struggled to get forward, and they were poor in attack against both Southampton and Wolves.
Ronaldo’s arrival should provide a much-needed boost in that department, but his partner appears to already be at the club.
With United’s goal drought, a formation change could be on Solskjaer’s mind, and in Ronaldo and Greenwood, he may have found the ideal front-two.
Before Ronaldo joined, Solskjaer intimated that Greenwood might be allowed to play. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”