The return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United was met by jubilation from supporters but as the first game back after the international break edges closer, real issues will present themselves for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
That’s what former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks, arguing that keeping all of the attacking talents at Solskjaer’s disposal will be difficult, describing it as ‘near impossible’.
Ronaldo will join a plethora of attacking options at Manchester United and his arrival has already nudged winger Daniel James through the exit doors, with the Welshman completing a move to Leeds United on deadline day.
“This is a problem; a luxury problem,” Berbatov told Goal. “When you have Sancho, Rashford, Greenwood, Martial, Cavani, and Ronaldo, how do you keep everyone happy here?
“It is possible, but it’s also near impossible because you’re always going to have someone who is not happy with his playing time, and this is the job of the manager now: how to manage all these connections, playing time, and keep everyone happy.”
Marcus Rashford, who was a near-permanent fixture in Solskjaer’s starting eleven last season, will be vying for a spot in the team when he returns from injury whilst summer signing Jadon Sancho is unlikely to spend much time on the bench.
Bruno Fernandes, undoubtedly United’s talisman, is more than likely to start whenever he’s fit whilst Mason Greenwood’s three goals in as many games make it hard to argue for anything other than 90 minutes every game.
Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Edinson Cavani will all find it hard this season but as Berbatov says, it’s a luxury problem for the manager and one he would like to have.