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What would change at Manchester United if Cristiano Ronaldo returned?

Ronaldo was given a warm welcome on his return to Old Trafford (©GettyImages)
Ronaldo was given a warm welcome on his return to Old Trafford (©GettyImages).

Most Premier League defenders would be quivering in the wake of recent development and it's nothing to do with the cold weather. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has been to rumoured to make a sensational return to the club which made him the Frankenstein he is today. So how would his homecoming change the tactical dynamics of the Red Devils.

The old covenant dictated Rooney to be a winger to make up for the lack of defensive diligence on Ronaldo’s part. After his departure Rooney donned the number 10 mantle in its full stead, playing out as a striker and flourished in the role, singlehandedly dragging an underperforming United side which fell agonizingly short at the end.

But then came Van Persie and Rooney was once again forced on the altar for a player who had a better poacher instinct. He has been forced to be dropped deeper and contrary to what critics have decreed he has been the lynchpin of the supply department. But Ronaldo isn’t the Ballon d Or winning boy he left. Less flair more potent.

This Ronaldo is without excessive frills and ribbons is a hungry predator who makes threatening runs and has an intense presence in the box something he didn’t have in his previous spell.

Tactically it would work out the best to have Kagawa play Ozil at Old Trafford. With Ronaldo drawing all the man markers Kagawa would be able to raid the gaps at the back like he did couple of matches ago with that hat-trick. Rooney would once again have to be accommodated at the other wing with Van Persi in the middle. Carrick would hold out the midfield and provide the cover with Phil Jones alongside with him. The back four would remain the same with a tantalizing prospect of Rafeal and Ronaldo overlapping with each other. Judging by the amount of freedom with which Coentrao has operated in the recent weeks Rafeal shouldn’t see his offensive privileges getting curbed.

Ronaldo’s arrival would certainly put an end to the Lewondowski saga and would certainly open the doors for Welbeck or most likely Hernandez who might be used as a bait to seal the deal. Tom Cleverly would have to vie for a place with Kagawa with Anderson set out to be the biggest looser. This would reforge United’s game with them shedding the winger mode. Nani, Valencia, Young might well be the extraneous part of plan B with that list possibly getting a little lighter next year.

Reports of Chevrlette ready to make him the brand ambassador and the talks of Nike financing the deal to wrest him way from rival Addidas. The talk is substantiative enough and Ronaldo currently isn’t the happiest man on planet with the longest contract. This might just turn out to be the most sensational home coming mankind has witnessed. Premier League, you have been warned.  

 

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