Cristiano Ronaldo is set to start for Manchester United on Saturday, according to reports claiming a ‘team leak’.
Ronaldo rejoined the club he left 12 years ago in a sensational transfer this summer and is primed to play from the start at Old Trafford against Newcastle.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim a few short training sessions have ‘convinced’ Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start the prolific striker.
The Express have deemed that report to be a ‘team leak’, which is an interesting (bullsh*t) take.
Solskjaer refused to reveal whether Ronaldo would definitely be in the starting line-up for United after a short time with his new teammates, instead stating that he would play some part in the game.
Solskjaer said: “He’s had a good pre-season with Juventus, played with his national team and had a good week with us.
“He’ll definitely be on the pitch at some point, that’s for sure.”
That said, Solskjaer’s comments on the Portugal international suggest he’s set to have a big role at United this season.
Solskjaer added: “He has evolved as a player. I don’t think you’ll see those 18,19, 20 step-overs before he goes past you but he still has them, the step-over, shift and shoot.
“He has developed into one of the most accurate finishers I have seen.
“What he developed in his years at Real Madrid has impressed us all.
“He is one of the best of course in the air, his timing and desire to get on the end of crosses is second to non.
“He still hits the target 99 times out of 100 when he shoots from outside the box as well.
“He knows the game more, definitely, he knows which positions to drop into and when to run in behind and he is still as quick it looks like from the stats.
“He’s in such good nick still and will be looking in the next few years to play and score as many goals as he can.
“We don’t have his skill set in the team, the mix, no one has really. He is one of the best players that’s ever played the game.”