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Why Manchester United squad need Cristiano Ronaldo to remain on the bench and Marcus Rashford to start out this season

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Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo has solely began two video games this season (Image: Getty)

Manchester United gamers really feel ‘pressured’ by Cristiano Ronaldo’s presence on the pitch and need him to remain on the bench this season as they imagine they’re higher off with Marcus Rashford up entrance.

Ronaldo has solely began two video games this season and is but to open his account for the 2022-23 marketing campaign.

The Portugal legend and his representatives spent a lot of the summer season attempting to power a transfer away from United, however discovered appropriate presents exhausting to come back by.

Because of his need to depart United and ‘household points’, Ronaldo was absent for a big a part of the membership’s pre-season schedule and was due to this fact not deemed match match for United’s opening-day defeat to Brighton.

However Ronaldo has needed to make do with a bit-part position since regaining his health, beginning simply one among United’s six Premier League matches to this point and their Europa League defeat to Actual Sociedad on Thursday evening.

Ronaldo is determined to be given a extra outstanding position within the crew however his team-mates imagine he ought to stay on the bench, in keeping with The Sun.

It’s claimed that the squad view Rashford as a greater possibility in Erik ten Hag’s system, with the England worldwide scoring a brace in United’s 3-1 win over Premier League leaders Arsenal final weekend.

Marcus Rashford is having fun with working with Erik ten Hag (Image: Getty)

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Ten Hag can also be a fan of Rashford and believes the Outdated Trafford academy graduate can ship not less than 20 targets this season and assist United problem Manchester Metropolis for the title.

A supply advised The Solar: ‘The supervisor desires Marcus to be United’s No. 1 striker and lead the road up entrance.

‘He believes Marcus has the power to change into one of many world’s greatest and needs him to specific himself in matches.

‘He’s at all times telling him to make use of his tempo and expertise when he will get an opportunity. He advised Marcus he’ll simply rating 20 this season. They’ve a fantastic relationship and Marcus is actually joyful.’

They added: ‘So long as Ronaldo begins on the bench, the gamers have the arrogance to specific themselves.

‘With Ronaldo on the pitch, the crew really feel pressured. All of the gamers liked it when Ronaldo got here again however they’re pissed off he missed pre-season.

‘Ronaldo’s lower than pace and depends on intuition – however that doesn’t work in Ten Hag’s system.’

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam admits Ronaldo won’t be glad along with his diminished position on the Theatre of Goals however has backed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to contribute this season.

Ronaldo began United’s current Europa League defeat (Image: Getty)

‘Cristiano is a improbable participant and I don’t know if he’ll change into an issue,’ Stam advised Metro.co.uk on behalf of Bet365. ‘He’s nonetheless a high quality participant, a fantastic goalscorer.

‘He got here in after pre-season not being match sufficient and the supervisor’s making selections, utilizing gamers who’re match and able to begin.

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‘Additionally, when it comes to how he desires to play and the depth of participant, however Ronaldo is a participant who desires to play each sport.

‘I don’t suppose he’s the kind of participant who has his high quality and has achieved what he has on the pitch to be joyful sitting on the bench, so he’s going to indicate himself and push the others to carry out.

‘Having somebody like him round is nice for the squad and the supervisor. I used to be on the sport towards Arsenal and from the side-lines it seems like Ronaldo is having a optimistic affect on the gamers on the bench, earlier than the sport, throughout it, roughly now he’s settled along with his position and the way the crew are doing.

‘I can’t imagine he’s agreeing with the position he has now and is pleased with it. A participant of his stature and the way he’s as a person, he’ll be knocking on the managers door. He’s a fantastic skilled so ultimately he’ll get his targets for the crew.’


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