Cristiano Ronaldo could follow Kylian Mbappe’s advice to give Man United new partnership

Cristiano Ronaldo has been in scintillating form since returning to Manchester United at the end of last month’s transfer window.

The forward has scored four times in three games since returning to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo began his second spell at United with a bang as he notched a brace to help his side to a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United.

The 36-year-old then got on the scoresheet in Man Utd’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys last week.

And he found the back of the net once more as United saw off West Ham 2-1 in the Premier League on Sunday.

Ronaldo has been chosen to lead the line on his own by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while United’s other attacking options battle with each other to flank the superstar.

But Solskjaer has another option when it comes to setting up his team and he could see Ronaldo benefitting from the advice of Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

Mbappe played alongside Anthony Martial for France in a friendly against Russia in the spring of 2018, before Les Blues went on to lift the World Cup trophy later that year.

And Mbappe was quick to praise Martial for his performance in the strike partnership.

“I played with players it’s easy to link up with – it’s simple to play with Ousmane [Dembele] and Anthony [Martial],” Mbappe said following the match.

“We have to work on our understanding, but I think it was a good start.”

Mbappe is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world and his endorsement of Martial illustrates his countryman has the ability to play alongside Ronaldo at Man Utd.

Most clubs now play with one player leading the line – but if Martial could excel in a front two with the Portugal international it could lead to a resurrection of his United career.

Martial has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford since the arrival of Ronaldo and has been linked with a move away from the club in the new year.

Tottenham were interested in signing the forward during the summer, while Barcelona are apparently keen for a deal.

But the France international earns £250,000 a week and his mega salary is likely to put clubs off unless he is willing to take a substantial pay cut.

Martial has scored 78 goals in 263 games for Man Utd but has failed to live up to expectations since becoming the world’s most expensive teenager in 2015.

United paid Monaco £36million to land the forward, who was 19 at the time, but he has been inconsistent during his days in the Premier League.

United are apparently willing to let Martial leave if they can get £40m for him – but if the player can quickly form a formidable partnership with Ronaldo, the Red Devils may just think twice about letting their man depart.