Manchester United have agreed a fee with Juventus for Ronaldo, with attention now turning to what the return of the superstar means for the other members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has built a squad with a mouth-watering array of options throughout the team, with Ronaldo becoming the jewel in their crown.
Though many United stars expressed their delight at Ronaldo’s return in the aftermath of the announcement, not all of them will be as happy as it appears.
For those on the outside of the squad, it will mean a likely attempt to move them on as soon as possible, with United needing to raise funds after their summer business.
Here, Mirror Football looks at how Ronaldo’s return will impact six United stars…
Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani would appear to be at risk of being the biggest casualty of Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.
Cavani signed a one-year deal to extend his stay with United over the summer, having scored 17 goals in his debut season in Manchester.
Despite that solid goal return though, Cavani’s place at the spearhead of the United attack will surely now be taken by Ronaldo.
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The 34-year-old is still yet to appear this campaign, having been granted an extended holiday following his participation in the Copa America.
He is also at a stand-off with United over his status for the upcoming international break, with the Red Devils unwilling to let him join up with Uruguay.
According to The Athletic though, Cavani remains part of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans and is not expected to depart.
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With Cavani now taking the role of back-up striker, Anthony Martial’s time in Manchester appears to be winding down.
He was uninspiring in the draw with Southampton, having been caught offside more times than he had shots before being hauled off before the hour mark.
Martial was blasted by many for his performance in that game, with talkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara insisting that he did not look interested in playing for United.
It was reported earlier this summer that United are open to offers for the Frenchman and efforts to move him on will likely step up on Ronaldo’s arrival.
Having splashed out more than £120million on the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo, as well as the hefty wages all three will demand, United are now in a position where they need to raise funds.
Jesse Lingard had been expected to leave United for much of the summer, having impressed on loan at West Ham last season.
But The Athletic report that Solskjaer is “very happy” with the midfielder, though he was only used as a substitute in his solitary appearance of the season so far.
Lingard remains the easiest way for United to raise capital, with West Ham remaining interested in bringing him back to the London Stadium.
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Opinions of Amad remain high at United, despite the young attacker having been a bit-part player since joining from Atalanta.
The signing of Ronaldo will push the Ivorian even further down the pecking order, with playing time likely to prove hard to come by for the 19-year-old.
The Red Devils had wanted to send him on loan to a Premier League club this summer, but a suitable team is proving hard to find.
A temporary departure would bring in a loan fee, cash that United need, so the club may have to open their list of suitable teams to the Championship or Europe to send him on.
While playing time is likely to dwindle for the likes of Amad and Martial, it is development that will be the biggest issue for Mason Greenwood following Ronaldo’s return.
The United academy product has spent much of his senior career playing on the wing, but sees his future as a main striker.
Greenwood spearheaded United’s attack in the opening day hammering of Leeds, returning there late in the draw against Southampton to jolt the Red Devils into life.
But Ronaldo’s arrival, coupled with Cavani’s availability, means that any further playing time through the middle will be negligible for Greenwood.
That will see him return to the wing as one of the main back-ups to Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho.
Greenwood is unlikely to complain about having to make such a move and will likely attempt to learn from Ronaldo.
As Ronaldo’s return forces Greenwood to return to the wings, Daniel James will thus move down the pecking order.
James has struggled to impress on a consistent basis for United since joining the Premier League side from Swansea City.
With a wealth of options in attack and James’ struggles continuing, an exit could be on the cards for the Welshman.