Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to show he is better than ever with Manchester United return: ‘He will bring something completely different’
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Cristiano Ronaldo still has a point to prove
- Solskjaer believes Ronaldo will reject claims he is too old
- Manchester United boss says Ronaldo’s return will add ‘something else’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Manchester United’s rivals that Cristiano Ronaldo is on a ‘personal’ mission to prove he is still the best.
United set a Premier League record of 28 consecutive unbeaten games away from home when the late winner Mason Greenwood took a 1-0 win over Wolves, with the traveling supporters serenading their returning hero throughout the match.
Ronaldo, 36, is preparing for Portugal’s World Cup qualifiers in Lisbon, but is expected to complete the formalities surrounding his £19.4 million transfer from Juventus in the coming days, with Solskjaer hoping Ronaldo will make his second debut can make against Newcastle at Old Trafford on September 11, after the international break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to prove he’s better than ever
“Hopefully we can get the paperwork in order and announce it,” Solskjaer said. “He’s a great player, a great person. I am excited to continue building this squad. He will bring something completely different.
“Let’s get him back to United after the break and hopefully he will be involved as soon as possible. He will make us a better team.
“Hopefully Cristiano can come in and show what he’s done in his career. I’m sure he loves all the talk about being old. Make it personal and he’ll show you what he can do.’
Solskjaer praised Ronaldo and says he will bring something different to United
The imminent arrival of Ronaldo was greeted with equal enthusiasm by two players who will soon be his teammates: Paul Pogba and David de Gea.
The superstar had a brilliant spell at Old Trafford from 2003-09 before joining Real Madrid and becoming one of the greatest players in the history of the game.
His comeback puts pressure on Solskjaer to deliver the first major trophy of his stint as boss, but for now the deal with Ronaldo is sparking joy across the squad.
De Gea made a brilliant double save in the second half to deny Romain Saiss and the Spaniard can’t wait to be reunited with Ronaldo. He said: “It’s a dream for all United fans to have him back. Hopefully he can bring something special to make the team even better.”
Pogba added: “Everyone knows that he is already a legend at this club. It’s good for us. He brings his experience and quality with him.
“When he comes, the level goes up. The most important thing today was the win, so when he comes we will keep this mentality of winning.”
United midfielder Paul Pogba described Ronaldo as a ‘legend’ and praised his mentality
While not a transfer with Ronaldo’s transfer profile, Wolves have made their own mark on the market by signing forward Hwang Hee-chan for a season with a buy option from RB Leipzig.
After three consecutive defeats – all unfortunate – Wolves boss Bruno Lage sent a clear message to his board ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline. He was also hesitant about the future of winger Adama Traore, who put in another impressive performance against United and is wanted by his old boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who is now in charge of Spurs.
“Adama’s future is not a question for me,” Lage said. ‘He’s happy, he works hard. He is happy with Wolves and I am very happy with him. We need more players before the window closes.”