Cristiano Ronaldo could give Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an attacking dilemma after his three ‘simple’ reasons emerged for his loving teammate Mason Greenwood. The legendary striker has scored three times in the last two games to help save Solskjaer’s job, but could hand him a new cause as the Norwegian seeks further improvement on his part.
The veteran scored a fine ball in United’s 3-0 win over Tottenham last weekend, keeping Solskjaer’s time in the dugout. Another defeat after the 5-0 win over Liverpool would surely have resulted in the famous former striker being sent off.
Ronaldo scored again in the middle of the week, drawing twice against Atalanta in the Champions League to collect an important point.
His second goal came in the second extra period as Solskjaer faced his third defeat in five matches.
The United boss switched from his usual 4-3-3 technique to five at the back to beat Spurs and then again to draw in Italy. In both matches he used two strikers, with Edinson Cavani alongside Ronaldo in north London before Portugal’s Marcus Rashford took part in Europe.
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There has been no room for Greenwood yet since the change in squad although Ronaldo is enjoying playing with the England striker.
The 20-year-old, who was born just 11 months before his teammate debuted at Sporting Lisbon, has been switched to being a substitute in both matches.
According to The Athletic, Ronaldo has three “simple” reasons to enjoy playing alongside Greenwood.
The former Real Madrid star is at his best when he plays alongside his “outspoken, reasonable and reliable” teammates.
United coaches believe Greenwood is the most consistent and predictable in terms of his actions on the pitch, with Ronaldo being able to tell what a youngster will do with the ball.
“We all have our roles and responsibilities. Of course, Cristiano is a leader in the group but that’s what he does: he scores goals,” Solskjaer said after the match.
“We are not happy to concede two goals. Both are very, very good margins.
“I think the first should be offside, the second should be a centimeter off, maybe offside last season. Good margins.
“But he made those moments and I’m sure the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t mind Michael Jordan too.
“Sometimes teams have the players they have and that’s why they’re Man United, that’s why they’re champions at the Chicago Bulls. I came up with those moments.”