Four goals in five games for Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo’s return has been impactful to say the least.
Re-signed just before the end of the transfer window for a low sum of £14 million, Ronaldo’s impact on the pitch has been as good as it has off it.
There was never any doubt that the global superstar would slot back into Manchester United’s team as if he had never left, having clearly made direct goal-scoring contributions in his four appearances to date.
With Ronaldo bearing the pressure of the shirt and club on his shoulders, it alleviates some of that from new signing Jadon Sancho, as well as Mason Greenwood, who is still only 19 years of age and finding his feet on the world stage.
Ronaldo has been there and done it, which is why his signing is as instrumental on the pitch for Man United, as it is off it; teaching Greenwood and Sancho new habits and training methods in order to become the best version of themselves.
Sancho, it is fair to say, has not lit the world on fire as of yet, but his time will come. With the presence of Ronaldo, it certainly helps him, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to be patient in the transition period from Germany to England.
The English winger is used to be acres of space in front of him to run into with Borussia Dortmund, which has not been the case in the Premier League. It is a much more physically demanding and difficult league to adopt the same style of football to from other European countries, so an adjustment period for Sancho is needed.
Greenwood, on the other hand, has started the season brilliantly, having scored three Premier League goals, which have all been extremely important in helping Manchester United record points.
It is clear to see that there is a superstar-in-waiting in Greenwood, which will likely be down the middle as a number nine. His movements, intelligence, two-footedness, and pure shot power are something to behold, as you can see the makings of an elite centre forward with his best years ahead of him.
For a striker who is only 19, Greenwood is mature beyond his years. And with Ronaldo’s presence every day by the Englishman’s side, his development is only going to accelerate at an electric rate over the course of the next two years.
Ronaldo brings a presence to Manchester United’s team and squad that will remain present for as long as he dons the jersey. Greenwood, Sancho and the rest of the team will be acting as sponges around the Portugal international, hoping they can resemble the type of career and dominance he has sustained for decades.