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Cristiano Ronaldo could still be useful at Manchester United

By Harry Smith

Cristiano Ronaldo could still be useful at Manchester United

Two former Manchester United players agree that he could still be very important 

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Cristiano Ronaldo has started the last two fixtures sitting on the bench and has only been selected in the starting XI in just one out of the four first games of the Premier League season. Erik ten Hag has claimed that this is because the player isn’t match-fit to complete 90 minutes of a game since he missed the entire pre-season with him.

Against Liverpool and Southampton, the new manager has opted for a younger, quicker, and more energetic front line of players formed by Anthony Elanga, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho to try and press the opponent’s defense while they tried to get the ball out. However, a lot of crosses have been made in those games with nobody to head them in.

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Despite this, Ballon D’Or winner and former Manchester United striker Michael Owen told Premier League Productions that he believed that Rashford, Elanga, and Sancho weren’t what the team needed up front: “This might be the type of game for Ronaldo. Not in the sense of running and pressing, but absolutely they could do with a bit of class up the top, there”.

Another former Manchester United player, Paul Scholes told BT Sport that when he was watching the game he thought the team desperately needed Ronaldo: “I thought they really lacked a focal point centrally and Cristiano is more of a focal point. I hope he doesn’t go, but if he does go, I think they’re going to need a centre-forward”.

He would be useful

With the transfer window closing in less than a week, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains uncertain. For that reason, it seems that Erik ten Hag isn’t really counting with the 37-year-old striker in case he ends up leaving. Regardless if he leaves or stays, Ronaldo could have been useful in these past few games to help the team score more goals.

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