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superstar returns Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a huge headache following Ronaldo deal - John Aldridge


Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Manchester United (Martin Rickett/PA)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a big headache keeping his collection of star forwards happy following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, according to former Ireland striker John Aldridge.

Ronaldo has undergone his United medical ahead of sealing his return to the club after the international break, with Aldridge suggesting the arrival of the superstar forward from Juventus gives Solskjaer a challenge that will need to be carefully managed.

"United fans had every right to get excited by the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, but there could be trouble ahead for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer," Aldridge told the Sunday World.

"There is no doubting Ronaldo’s class and even at the age of 36, he will make United a better team.

"Yet I look at their squad and you have Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial competing for attacking places with Ronaldo.

"That is an incredible array of attacking talent, but there will also be a lot of egos in there and Solskjaer has to manage that.

"Sometimes, too many cooks can spoil the broth and that may be the case if United fail to find the right balance in the attacking third. Throw Paul Pogba into that mix and there are a lot of big personalities in that dressing room who all want to be the star man.

"Well, when Ronaldo is in a team, he is always going to be the main man and a few United players will have to take a back seat and accept their role in Ronaldo’s shadow."

Aldridge believes the Ronaldo deal was another example of the United's American owners trying to get the club's fans back on side after years of protests against their presence at the club.

"Another factor in play in the Ronaldo deal has to be that the Glazers are trying to appease the fans after all the upset caused by the European Super League fiasco last season," added Aldo.

"The United owners are desperate to get the supporters back on side and there is no better way to do that than by bringing Ronaldo back.

"The fans were baying for their blood and wanted to see them investing more in the team, which is a joke when you consider what United have spent in the last few years.

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