Cristiano Ronaldo is using his experience and stature to rally the Manchester United dressing room in a time of crisis.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to bring the Portuguese legend hasn’t worked as desired. With 6 goals in all competitions this season, the 36-year-old has maintained his prolific scoring numbers, but the overall output and cohesion of United’s frontline has taken a hit.
Jadon Sancho is yet to get a proper run since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund, while Mason Greenwood has struggled due to a reported lack of understanding with Ronaldo.
The former Real Madrid man, however, is trying to make a positive impact off the pitch. According to the M.E.N, Ronaldo is holding the dressing room together, advising his teammates to not down tools, irrespective of their opinion, whatever that is, of Solskjaer’s tactics.
The Norwegian will remain in charge for the club’s next league fixture away at Tottenham Hotspur, and will need all the support he can get from his players to engineer a result, and consequently a revival of his team to keep his job safe.
Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford to win major trophies. As such, Solskjaer needs a big turnaround from hereon to retain the superstar’s support, with a serial winner in Antonio Conte waiting on the wings.