The fact that Ronaldo wanted to leave United this summer but was unable to do so during the transfer window has ruined his start to the season.
After that window was slammed shut last week, the 37-year-hopes old’s of leaving was all but eliminated, and he now must adapt to life at Old Trafford.
In Erik ten Hag’s squad, where the Dutchman prefers to start Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial up forward, he is having to adjust to being used as a substitute.
On Sunday, Rashford started as the number nine against Arsenal and scored twice in the 3-1 victory, ending the Gunners’ undefeated start to the season.
Although it wasn’t a great look for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, perhaps Ronaldo wouldn’t have been attempting a trick while playing with Fred and Casemiro if he had started.
The 37-year-old did enter the field on Sunday around the hour mark when fellow forward Antony made way for the rookie, but not before scoring his first goal for the team.
It was one of the former Real Madrid star’s better recent displays, demonstrating that he possesses the abilities to succeed in Ten Hag’s system.
His potential to exert pressure in the manner that the Dutchman desires have come up, just as it did when Ralf Rangnick assumed the temporary position in December of last year.
Even though it wouldn’t be for a full 90 minutes, Ronaldo proved against Arsenal that he has what it takes to press from the front.
The weekend matchup between Ronaldo and Arsenal saw him perform effectively. Alamy Antony scored just days after joining United, and one Arsenal supporter certainly needs to care what he says moving forward now that he knows he can curse his team.
While recording a live video of his reaction to the game, Lee Gunner downplayed the influence the former Ajax player was having on the contest.
The Brazilian scored a few seconds afterward as a result of a beautiful, fluid move and a referee advantage, so he chose the wrong moment to make that point.