It was expected that Cristiano Ronaldo would make his second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle on Saturday – but supporters might need to wait a little longer
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second debut for Manchester United could be delayed which will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more time to think about where he will play his new signing.
It was expected that the 36-year-old would make his first appearance for United since re-joining the club against Newcastle on Saturday.
But according to The Sun, Ronaldo may not return for the Red Devils until next Tuesday as he isolates following his international break with Portugal.
This will only give him only one day to train with his new team-mates ahead of the Premier League clash which means fans might need to wait a little longer to see him in a United shirt due to the restricted preparation time.
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That means he could wait to make his full second debut for the Champions League group stage clash away to Young Boys in Switzerland next Tuesday.
This would give Solskjaer time to ponder over where he will play his star man as the debate goes on which would be his best position for United.
The Man Utd boss is planning to utilise Ronaldo as a no.9 given his side’s options out wide and the player’s transition to a striker in recent years for Juventus and Portugal.
But Paolo Di Canio doesn’t see it that way as he feels Portugal’s skipper will revert to a left-winger, a position he excelled for United during his first stint at Old Trafford.
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.
“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.”
Man Utd have Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood among their ranks, not to mention they spent £73million on Jadon Sancho this summer, who are all typically deployed out wide.
And Di Canio concedes that the no.9 role would give Ronaldo a lot more freedom compared to being played out wide.
He 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.”