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Man United vs Newcastle: Di Canio warns Solskjaer over Ronaldo’s position in attack

Former West Ham United ace, Paulo Di Canio has warned Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concerning the perfect position for Cristiano Ronaldo in his lineup.

Di Canio said that Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United to reclaim his place on the wing and may not fancy playing as a center-forward where Solskjaer has suggested he would play this season.

In Ronaldo’s first spell at Old Trafford, he played from the left side of the wings and would regularly take players.

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But at Real Madrid, the Portugal international was used in various attacking positions before finally morphing into a centre-forward.

And when he moved from Real Madrid to Juventus, Ronaldo was largely played up top, and Di Canio is not convinced the 36-year-old wants to be used as a lone striker in Solskjaer’s team.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s In The Box podcast, via the Mirror, Di Canio said: “Ronaldo will improve the technical level, but he joins a team with many strikers and wingers.

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“Solskjaer said he sees him as a center-forward, but Ronaldo didn’t want to do it at Juventus.

“I still see him starting on the left, but United have other players in the same position, including Sancho, who was paid €85million, but has been struggling to settle in so far.

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“[Marcus] Rashford will return, [Mason] Greenwood and [Anthony] Martial too. Solskjaer leaves his strikers free up front, so this could be good for Ronaldo.

“There is enthusiasm, but it remains to be seen if Ronaldo will be a cumbersome presence like Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] was. Sometimes, young players without much personality didn’t understand he wanted the best from them.”

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