Following Tuesday night’s embarrassing Champions League exit against Leipzig, we have some news that might boost United fans’ moods. According to reports in Italy, Cristiano Ronaldo has opened the door to a stunning Old Trafford return.
However, before he trades the black and white of the Old Lady for the zebra-like black and white of United, the striker has put forward one important condition – if he rejoins Manchester United, he’s taking penalties.
United have benefited from a purple patch of favourable decisions over the past few seasons and this hasn’t gone unnoticed by Ronaldo. The forward thinks he can capitalise on the astonishing number of penalties United have been awarded lately, seeing it as a way to continue his record-breaking goalscoring feats into old age.
The Red Devils have had 31 penalties kicks since the beginning of the 19/20 season – 8 more than the Old Lady have taken during that time – and they’re averaging a penalty every 2 games this term. For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team, the pen truly has been mightier than the sword.
United fans will undoubtedly be excited about a CR7 return, though it’s not without its potential problems. Bringing back Ronaldo would mean taking away spot-kick duties from Old Trafford favourite, Bruno Fernandes. The two countrymen have both built up stellar reputations from the spot, earning them the nicknames ‘Penaldo’ and ‘Penandes’ respectively, and neither will want to give up penalty-taking responsibilities. With Pogba heading for the exit and Van De Beek struggling to hold down a regular first-team place, will United risk upsetting another midfield star in an attempt to lure back the biggest star of all?