Cristiano Ronaldo’s position and role at Man Utd confirmed by Solskjaer

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed how he intends to use Cristiano Ronaldo this season.

Ronaldo is back at Old Trafford after 12 years, and Solskjaer sees him as a key player as United go in search of their first Premier League title since 2013.

"He's not signed to sit on the bench," exclaimed Solskjaer after watching his side go third in the table with a narrow 1-0 win over Wolves.

"He will make us a better team."

The Portuguese forward's return has been greeted with euphoria by supporters, but for players like Dan James, it means another obstacle blocking their way to the first-team.

Solskjaer acknowledged that Ronaldo's arrival could make it difficult for others to get game time at Old Trafford this season.

"There has been a couple of enquiries for some of our players," he continued.

"With the signing of Cristiano we might give less playing time to a few. Dan is a Man United player at the moment."

Switching back to Ronaldo, Solskjaer confirmed that he sees the 36-year-old as more of a striker, not a winger.

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"Oh Cristiano has evolved as a player, he played wide right wide left, he’s more of a centre-forward for me.

"We played with two up front, three up front I want him in the box scoring goals."

United jumped at the chance to sign Ronaldo when it became apparent that he was available, but the Red Devils boss admitted his surprise that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner was on the market at all.

He added: "That’s football for you, we’ve always been watching Cristiano and waiting for the day he leaves and we’d be interested.

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"We never thought Juventus would sell this season, we had to speak to him of course.

"Everyone that cares for Manchester United wanted this to happen and I think everyone played a part but the biggest thing is Cristiano wanted to come here."

Ronaldo will have to wait until after the international break to make his second United debut, but his new team-mates coped fine without him as they edged past Wolves at Molineux.

Mason Greenwood scored the only goal of the game as the Red Devils moved up to third in the fledgling Premier League table.

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