Cristiano Ronaldo disagrees with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his best position for Manchester United.
At least that’s what Paulo Di Canio reckons, with the former West Ham ace suggesting the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has returned to Old Trafford to reclaim his place on the wing – not play centre-forward.
Ronaldo started his career out left and would regularly take players on during his first stint at Man United.
He eventually moved to Real Madrid and was used to devastating effect in most attacking positions before finally morphing into a centre-forward.
At Juventus, Ronaldo was largely played up top, but Di Canio isn’t convinced he wants to be used as a lone striker in Solskjaer’s Manchester United team this season.
Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s In The Box podcast, Di Canio said: “Ronaldo will improve the technical level, but he joins a team with many strikers and wingers.
“Solskjaer said he sees him as a center-forward, but Ronaldo didn’t want to do it at Juventus.
“I still see him starting on the left, but United have other players in the same position, including Sancho, who was paid €85million, but has been struggling to settle in so far.”
Di Canio added: “[Marcus] Rashford will return, [Mason] Greenwood and [Anthony] Martial too. Solskjaer leaves his strikers free up front, so this could be good for Ronaldo.
“There is enthusiasm, but it remains to be seen if Ronaldo will be a cumbersome presence like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] was. Sometimes, young players without much personality didn’t understand he wanted the best from them.”
Ronaldo is set to make his second debut for Manchester United on September 11 when the Red Devils play host to Newcastle.
The Portugal international will wear his trademark seven shirt after Edinson Cavani agreed to hand over the number and sport 21, which is what he wears for Uruguay.