Cristiano Ronaldo may have found perfect Man Utd partner despite friendly defeat by Stoke

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talks Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been given an insight into who could be his perfect partner at new club Manchester United when he returns to action. The superstar attacker is currently with Portugal on international duty having completed a £13million move to Old Trafford.

Ronaldo has been joined by new United team-mate Bruno Fernandes for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

But not every United star has been allowed to link up with their country for the first international break of the campaign.

And with 11 days until their next Premier League game, the Red Devils have given the stars left at home the chance to get more playing time.

That chance has come in the form of behind-closed-doors friendlies, with Championship side Stoke City providing their latest opposition.

But the game will have done nothing to ease Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s concerns over his side’s lacklustre start to the season.

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United fell to a shock 4-3 defeat at Old Trafford to Michael O’Neil’s side, who currently lie in the play-off places in the second tier.

The Red Devils, reportedly led by Michael Carrick, named a strong team for the game, with Edinson Cavani, Donny Van De Beek and Juan Mata all included in the starting line-up.

Another member of the team for the game was Mason Greenwood, who has begun the campaign in red-hot form.

Greenwood has scored three goals in his side’s opening three games of the top-flight campaign, though was omitted from the England squad for this week’s internationals.

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He was on target for the fourth game running on Wednesday afternoon, with Teden Mengi also on the scoresheet for United.

Greenwood’s performance in the defeat to Stoke could have given Ronaldo an insight into his perfect partner.

Solskjaer’s side have struggled going forward in their past two games and were dreadful in an attacking sense against both Southampton and Wolves.

The addition of Ronaldo should provide a much-needed boost in that area, though the man to partner him looks to already be at the club.

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With United struggling for goals, a formation change could be on Solskjaer’s mind and in Ronaldo and Greenwood he could have the perfect duo up-front.

Solskjaer had hinted before Ronaldo signed that Greenwood would be able to play alongside the Portuguese star, despite them both being strikers.

“He’s a natural footballer. Delighted with what he’s done in pre-season because he’s worked so hard to get his fitness up and he’s ready to go,” Solskjaer said after United hammering of Leeds.

“I remember Wayne, Carlos Tevez and Ronaldo playing together, good players can always play together.”
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