Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing to Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand makes a set-piece prediction.
Following his arrival from Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo will be eager to make an impact on set-pieces at Old Trafford.
Following his return to Manchester United after a 12-year absence, Cristiano Ronaldo will be trying to take over penalties and free-kicks this season, but Rio Ferdinand believes he may not be able to do so.
Ferdinand and Ronaldo were teammates at United for the length of Ronaldo’s six-year stay, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League together.
Ronaldo gradually worked his way up to become the free-kick king at United, scoring goals like his famous strike against Portsmouth and his howitzer against Arsenal during that period, as the team became probably the finest in Europe and unquestionably the most successful in England.
Despite returning to Old Trafford for a rumoured £20 million on Tuesday morning, Ferdinand believes the Portuguese superstar will have to fight his way back to free-kick responsibilities.
Since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, Bruno Fernandes has been United’s set-piece taker, and the former England and United defender claims the two will share responsibilities this season.
“I believe Bruno concedes penalties but not free kicks or corners,” Ferdinand remarked on YouTube.
“I expect him to be involved in the free-kicks around the box. That is something I believe he should do based on his track record.
“He (Ronaldo) always takes the penalties.
“They agree to give him the penalties, but I believe Bruno is just wiping the ball and laying it down on free kicks around the box.”
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Bruno, who has been United’s focal point for the last 18 months, will be pleased to do so, according to Ferdinand, because he understands how well Ronaldo can affect the United team.
Despite the fact that Fernandes did not make the Portugal team that won Euro 2016, he will remember the memorable moment when Ronaldo was on the touchline yelling commands to his teammates after he was unable to play.
And Rio feels Bruno will allow this leadership vacuum to develop as he becomes thirsty for trophies.
He stated of Ronaldo, “I think Bruno sees the wider picture, that this person can get us over the line and win us titles.”
“If it means his goal involvement rate drops but he walks away with a big trophy,” Brinkwire Summary News says.