Cristiano Ronaldo came into Manchester United with great hopes and expectations. Despite recording a decent start since he rejoined Manchester United, there are some problems Cristiano Ronaldo's presence in Manchester United has created for the team and Manchester United needs to solve these problems as quickly as possible.
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Cristiano Ronaldo's presence in Manchester United has created fresh problems for Solskjaer and he needs to solve them as quickly as possible. Cristiano Ronaldo's presence has created a selection headache for Solskjaer and Cavani remains the most affected player.
Throughout last season, Cavani was exceptional for Manchester United because he scored a lot of goals and his work rate is something special as well. Since Ronaldo joined Manchester United, Solskjaer had no option but to play him in every match, and that decision created a selection problem for Solskjaer because playing Ronaldo upfront means that Cavani will be on the bench more often.
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There is a way out for Solskjaer, however, he must summon the courage to make the necessary adjustments. Solskjaer can't keep benching Cavani as often as he benches him these days and Ronaldo won't be on the bench as well. What Solskjaer needs to do is to find a way of playing both players at the same time. He can do this by moving Ronaldo to the left-wing or the right-wing and play Cavani upfront.
The exclusion of Cavani from Manchester United matches because of the presence of Ronaldo is causing a lot of problems for Manchester United. Before the arrival of Ronaldo, Manchester United was scoring a lot of goals, and the team's biggest problem was how to defend so that they don't concede too many goals. Cavani was always present for Manchester United throughout last season and his goals and work rate was remarkable.
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Apart from scoring goals, Cavani was relentless when it comes to helping the team to recover the ball when their opponents are with the ball. Ronaldo is a prolific goalscorer, however, his work rate when it comes to ball recovery is nothing compared to that of Cavani. The biggest issue with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in Manchester United is that Cavani now has to sit on the bench and Ronaldo has to play every match.
With the presence of Ronaldo upfront, Manchester United will always remain a threat to any team, however, Ronaldo won't be able to mount pressure on the defense of Manchester United's opponents when they are with the ball. When Cavani plays for Manchester United, he is always ready to pressure any defense into making mistakes, thereby allowing Manchester United to recover the ball faster.
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Now that Cavani is on the bench, the defense of Manchester United's opponents has all the time in the world to link up with their midfielders with no real pressure from Manchester United attackers. What this does to Manchester United is that their opponents always feel relaxed when they have possession of the ball because there is nobody up front that is ready to mount pressure on the defense of Manchester United's opponents and force them into making mistakes.
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When you look at the match between Manchester United and Leicester City on Saturday, Iheanacho, and Vardy were always ready to rush Manchester United defenders whenever they had the ball. The likes of Maguire and Lindelof made a lot of mistakes in that match because of constant pressure from Leicester City strikers. Ronaldo is not the type of player who knows how to rush defenders like Vardy and Iheanacho did yesterday but Cavani can do so.
Solskjaer needs to figure out how to include Cavani in Manchester United's matches because his work rate can't be overlooked because of Ronaldo. The easiest way to solve the problem is to play both players at the same time. Ronaldo can play from the right or left-wing, while Cavani should start as the main striker.
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