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Cristiano Ronaldo: who'll he start the first match after Solskjær's departure?

The first match after the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjær is a UEFA Champions League match, will Cristiano Ronaldo start?

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United have finally gotten rid of Ole Gunnar Solskjær, a decision long overdue. A member of his backroom staff and a former player of Manchester United Michael Carrick will head the team until a replacement is found.

The decision to have Carrick as well as Darren Fletcher, Kieran McKenna and Mike Phelan, all of whom were members of his backroom staff, has been criticized by the majority who felt it makes no difference to having him.

The first match after his departure is a must win UEFA Champions League match against Villarreal, the team that beat United in the UEFA Europa League final last season. The first match of the tie was won by United with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a last minute winner.

The curiosity of many ahead of the match is to see Carrick's first lineup and see the direction he would go differently from Solskjær. He could also make a big call and start Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench and use him in the second half in case things go wrong but with injuries to Edinson Cavani and positive Covid test for Mason Greenwood, Ronaldo is sure to start.

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