By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskajaer appears to have this confidence that Cristiano Ronaldo will still deliver, as his team hosts Villarreal on Wednesday in their second champions league campaign match.
Solskajaer believes that the Portuguese international has goals against Villarreal, having
scored 13 times against the Spanish side during his time with Real Madrid.
“Of course, Cristiano, you can almost say when he starts it is one guaranteed goal,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match news conference when asked if Ronaldo could be the difference.
“He has that record and he will score goals.
“It is not going to be easy for us, but it is not going to be easy [for Villarreal] to play against Cristiano.
“He has 13 goals in 15 against Villarreal [for Madrid] which means he enjoys playing against them.
“He knows Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, top defenders. He is determined to score every time he is on the pitch. We have to play well to create chances.”
With Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka out, and Luke Shaw’s status uncertain, United are poised for a defensive reshuffle, so Solskjaer will hope Ronaldo and the attackers can carry the load with his team under pressure after losing the Group F opener to Young Boys.
“It is a group stage, there are only six games and you need 10 or maybe 12 points to go through.
“We lost three points last time. If you end up with zero or one point after two games you need to win the last four games probably, so not a must-win game but it is a very important one.” he concluded.
Manchester United will host Villarreal tomorrow evening at the old Trafford stadium, hoping for a three point at least, to guarantee their stay in this season’s champions league campaign.