Ronaldo will play against Newcastle, Solskjaer declares
It is as easy a fixture as any for United to trot out their new 36-year-old signing, what with Newcastle not being very good at football, while their manager, ex-Red Devil Steve Bruce, has traditionally had a habit of rolling over to be tickled whenever he faces his former club.
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Ronaldo, who joined United from Juventus on a two-year contract with an option to extend a further year, will undoubtedly be desperate to get on the scoresheet against Newcastle so that he can take off his jersey, show off his abs, and tell a swooning Old Trafford crowd, "I missed SIUUUUUUUUU"!
And United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Ronaldo will feature at some point against Newcastle, although he refused to categorically state if the Portuguese would start, much to the frustration of Fantasy Football fans everywhere.
“He has been having a good pre-season with Juventus, he has played for the national team,” said Solskjaer. “He has had a good week with us here and he will definitely be on the pitch at some point, that is for sure.”
One of the easiest ways for Ronaldo to get a goal on his second debut for the club would be via a penalty, which, if Liverpool fans are to be believed, is a very common occurrence when it comes to United.
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The only problem, however, is that Bruno Fernandes is widely-known to be United’s first-choice set-piece taker. This means that every penalty that United win will be taken by Fernandes, which, if Liverpool fans are to be believed again, is how the 27-year-old has scored at least half of his goals for United.
But when asked about whether Ronaldo would take over set-piece duties from Fernandes, Solskjaer gave a completely unrelated answer, as he said: “Everyone evolves and they develop through their career. Of course, Cristiano is a different player to the one who left but he is in such a good knick still and he'll be looking at the next few years to play as much as he can, score as many goals as he can.
“He is adding something extra. We haven't got his skillsets in the team, the mix of his skillsets. No one has really because he is, if not the, at least one of the best players that has ever played the game.”
Solskjaer also shot back at suggestions that Ronaldo had joined United simply to enjoy his time in a retirement home that idolised him.
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“Of course, we know what he has achieved in his career, but he is coming here to achieve more and he is coming here to put demands,” Solskjaer declared.
“That is what he does, he has lived his life with the discipline of a top professional. Ever since he came here, I remember he was the first one who did the preparation [for matches] really well.
“We have grown as a group the last few years. The desire, determination and focus has improved all the time.
“Even bringing in Raphael [Varane], he has come in with a winner's mentality, an unbelievable focus but then of course Cristiano comes in as well. There is no place to hide when you have got winners like them.”