CR7 AND EL MATADOR: IT'S TOO TACTICALLY RISKY TO PLAY RONALDO AND CAVANI TOGETHER!
As we know, Cristiano Ronaldo made his emphatic return to Old Trafford after Man
United put any interest from their bitter rivals Man City to rest by bringing the starlet back to Man United.
One question manager Ole Gunner Solskjær was asked was if there was a possibility of seeing CR7 up front with striker Edinson Cavani. This was brought to light after the Uruguayan gave up his famous number 7 shirt for Ronaldo to use on his return to the Premier League. This is what I think about a potential Ronaldo and Cavani and linkup and more importantly, if it will work.
As we know, Cristiano Ronaldo is not just one of the greatest players of our
generation, but one of the greatest players to ever play the game. With a status this
prestige, it is almost a necessity that Ronaldo will start in any team he plays for. We
saw it at Juventus when he started most games for the Italian giants. This would
either be in a lone striker rule or accompanied by the likes of Paulo Dybala or
Federico Chiesa in a two striker system. Ronaldo loves to be in the spotlight. He took
the top scorer award in the Serie A last season before his departure back to
Manchester. We also know his emphatic goal scoring tally when he was at Real
Madrid, achieving over 450 goals for Los Blancos and becoming their highest ever
goal scorer by a massive margin. So with such impressive goal scoring stats, will
Solskjær decide he wants to share the scoring with Cavani, or will he want Ronaldo
leading the line?
I believe that Solskjær will opt to play Ronaldo in a one striker system. One issue
Manchester United have is chance creation. They have struggled a lot with this
under Solskjær and the problem does not seem to be improving a lot. With two
strikers and no real attacking midfield options either wide or centrally, Cavani and
Ronaldo will struggle to score goals as there simply will not be enough chances for
the Red Devils going forward. Playing Ronaldo as a lone striker means that he can
bounce off the wing play of Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood and he can also
create his own chances with his amazing dribbling abilities. This then puts less strain
on the midfield to create the chances as the forward three will be able to. I think
overall in the long term Cavani will be playing number two to Ronaldo as the ability
Ronaldo has alone to create and finish chances is better than possibly any other
footballer on the planet right now.
Overall, although I believe it is harsh on Cavani for him to be dropped after what was
a very good season he had for United last season, Ronaldo’s quality is just too much
of a factor to ignore. I’m sure Cavani will get chances with United this season but I
don’t think it will be all too often and he will struggle to fit into the system throughout
this 2021/22 campaign. It would take some very impressive performances to
convince Solskjær he is the right man to lead the Man United strike force this