The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford will have made many Manchester United fans very happy. However, the arrival of such a larger than life character will have certainly caused a few of the club’s players to feel a little less important.
As Ronaldo is 36 years old, it’s clear that he won’t be a long term investment. Despite this, Ronaldo’s return against Newcastle United revealed that he’s lost little of his skill nor flair. This means that there will be several Manchester United players who’ll be sat on the sidelines this season while Ronaldo dazzles the fans.
So far, we’ve already seen the speedy forward Daniel James leaving Old Trafford to join Leeds United. While the summer transfer period has ended, there could be a wave of further departures from Manchester United this winter. So who is likely to be the biggest casualty of the return of Cristiano Ronaldo?
For many Manchester United fans, the prospect of two attacking legends like Edinson Cavani and Ronaldo playing alongside each other might sound just as enjoyable as getting the latest sports betting bonus. However, there are concerns that both Cavani and Ronaldo could operate in the same space and therefore cancel each other out.
After all, both players are entering the twilight of their careers and neither have the lightning pace that they once had. While Ronaldo will get all of the attention, Cavani has already proven to be a formidable goalscorer at Old Trafford and team boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t want to let the Uruguayan striker go so easily.
As such, hopes are high that Cavani’s donation of the number seven shirt to Ronaldo wasn’t just a token gesture and that the pair can work together. But with Cavani being rumoured to be having a difficult time settling in England, it begs the question of whether the 34-year old could be set to leave. Plus with rumours of Barcelona waiting in the wings, it’s easy to see why Cavani won’t want to keep playing in Ronaldo’s shadow.
While there is no question of Martial’s talent, the French forward has had a difficult time of converting his chances into goals recently. With just four goals in 22 Premier League appearances last season, there is little wonder that many are questioning what’s gone wrong in Martial’s game.
There had been talk that the 25-year was due to get shipped out to Tottenham as part of a swap deal for Harry Kane this summer, but now Martial is set to face relatively little game time at Old Trafford. Much of this could be done to the reportedly huge add-on fees that could prohibit a move away from Manchester United. But with the club’s wage bills now soaring, it’s clear that Martial’s time could soon be up at Old Trafford.
The sight of Jesse Lingard scoring a goal against Newcastle United will have been pleasing for all Manchester United fans. After all, the forward has been absent from first team duties for quite some time, and there were further concerns about how he’d fit in behind the massive signings of Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho.
While the goal will give Lingard food for thought, it won’t give him any more guarantees of game time. As such, it’s widely expected that the 28 year old will make a return to West Ham United where he had a hugely enjoyable loan spell last season. All of which means that the arrival of Ronaldo could shake up more than a few things at Old Trafford.