The Staggering Return Of Christiano Ronaldo To Man United: Logical Or Emotional?
Christiano Ronaldo's transfer back to the EPL's Manchester United was probably the most talked transfer, we probably had Jersey sales and I heard that there was even a rise in the valuation of Manchester United as a club. Who wouldn't?
I mean, this one was an emotional one, the Portuguese left United as probably one of the most iconic players in the world and is now returning as arguably the best footballer in the world, that's absolutely got to sink in. First, I consider this as an emotional transfer, just like Didier Drogba left Chelsea and returned for a second stint and many other footballers who have done this in recent times.
In the course of the transfer, there was a time it felt like the neighbors at the Etihad would sign Ronaldo, it was certain it would happen. Pep Guardiola would probably be thinking Ronaldo was the ingredient he needed to bring European honors to City.
It wasn't to be. Ronaldo would become the most hated player in United's history if he went ahead to sign for City and even more hatted if helped City win more trophies. I however didn't think that he wholly rejected Manchester City, I felt it was probably a few iconic people in his life like Alex Ferguson who instigated that staggering transfer back to the theater of dreams.
Here you have it. Many United fans have in the past few seasons felt that they needed a huge transfer in other to go back to winning major trophies, I mean they've had quality managers come in and left, from Louis Van Gaal to José Mourinho, but then, it felt like they are going to win the EPL. Point is, United have gone through a rebuilding phase from 2012 to 2020 and if you ask me, I'll tell you they're still rebuilding.
United has a tradition, they need that formidable team to win dominantly again but the way it looks currently, football has changed in a long while. City and Chelsea have dominated from 2010 to 2020, winning a lot of trophies in a short time of success.
The signing of Ronaldo is to see whether United can win major trophies for at least two years. The problem here however is that Ronaldo is coming from a Juventus that barely survived and United fans are already hoping he can perform miracles and bring the EPL to the club.
Inasmuch as I feel that the pressure wouldn't get to Ronaldo, I feel the 36-year-old can only play his part as a striker, now eventually he will become a motivation to the younger players, this is true, he will inspire confidence from them, they'll look at the man, and they'll get a reason to persevere.
But then again, Ronaldo is aging, will Ole Gunner Solskjaer be able to find the right formation to suit Ronaldo? Being that he doesn't have that energy to run down the pitch, take on two to three players and score? He might, he might not, there's no 100% certainty that Ronaldo would do well at United.
This is based on the quality of players at United, the midfield of United, that has Pogba and Matic. I probably feel Juan Mata is another exciting player in that attacking midfield, but then United will struggle to finding the right formula to get Ronaldo to perform.
This is because they already have a system, and Solskjaer isn't really a top quality manager that could switch formations in just a matter of games. Truth is, the times United might spend to find a rhythm, teams like Liverpool and City would be raking up points.
I doubt United can win the EPL even with Ronaldo, they're still a regular team, with an average manager who just added a 36-year-old world-class player. It's more of an emotional transfer rather than a logical one, nevertheless, it's Ronaldo, he's done the unthinkable, and he's maintained a level of success in almost every club he's been to.
It is what inspires confidence from the United fans. It takes an unbelievable level of consistency to win the EPL and even with how dominant Chelsea currently looks they're not still certain to win the EPL, Tottenham has become even better with Nuno Espirito a more vibrant manager, and they'll give United a run for their money.
My point is, other clubs have strengthened too, except Arsenal out of the big six that's looking abysmal. No one can say for certain that United will win big Ronaldo, it's left to be seen.
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