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Cristiano Ronaldo a step closer to extending unwanted record at Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo is without a doubt one of the greatest, most well-known, and most decorated players of all time. 


Since 2008, no one player has managed to break Ronaldo's duopoly with Lionel Messi at the annual Ballon d'Or award ceremony, and the Portuguese superstar is still producing incredible numbers at the age of 36. 


Ronaldo has scored an unbelievable 107 goals in 143 appearances since leaving Real Madrid in 2018, and you can only imagine what it must be like for a manager to have such a fantastic player at their disposal. 


Perhaps it isn't so fantastic after all. 


Manchester United has struggled despite Cristiano Ronaldo's six goals in nine games since his return to Old Trafford.

The 5-0 thumping by old rivals Liverpool has added to the pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Sports Dias understanding that former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is interested in speaking with United, adding to the cloud hanging over Solskjaer's head. 


If you told the happy Norwegian coach two months ago that his star signing would score six goals in his first nine games, he'd probably still be grinning like a Cheshire cat. Should we be shocked, though, that he is still in charge after only nine Premier League games?

If United post the dreaded photo of a corner flag to social media in the coming days with the words 'club statement' underneath it, it won't be the first time Ronaldo has had to bid farewell to his manager. 


After leaving Blancos, Ronaldo spent time at Juventus under three different managers: Massimiliano Allegri, Maurizio Sarri, and Andrea Pirlo, none of whom lasted more than a year at Old Trafford after Ronaldo's debut.

That has nothing to do with Ronaldo's goal-scoring skills (he was Juventus' top scorer in each of his three seasons at the Allianz Stadium), but it's plausible that managers are attempting to get the most out of their squads as the veteran striker's career draws to a close. 


As a side note, I don't think Ronaldo had anything to do with the aforementioned departures; rather, it appears to be a case of the rest of the club failing to match the prolific striker's remarkable productivity – a thought that will no doubt be all too familiar to many United supporters.

Much has been made of Ronaldo's overall performances since his return to the Premier League, with several analysts criticizing the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's lack of work ethic. 


United simply need to be more tactile when deciding when to push and when to sit, as Ronaldo has previously demonstrated his willingness to put in long hours for the club. 


Will United make Solskjaer the fourth manager in less than two and a half years to be relieved of his duties while dealing with Ronaldo? What will happen is anyone's guess. But one thing is certain: the issue of extracting the best performance from an aging Ronaldo while also extracting the best performance from the rest of the team has yet to be solved.

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