OPINION: With Ronaldo, Old Trafford is united for new glory

Written by Batou Saidy


This recent summer transfer window has seen many big-name transfers, from Messi to Ronaldo, Ramos to Lukaku, and even a certain Jack in Grealish. It has also presided over the divorce of Messi and Barcelona, a marriage that lasted for eighteen years. Contrastingly, it officiated a remarriage between Ronaldo and Manchester United, a union that started some eighteen years ago as well. Shockingly, Messi left home. Gladly, Ronaldo returned home.

It is quite off-putting that Ramos had to leave Real Madrid, definitely nice that Lukaku returned to Chelsea, but greatly shocking that Messi had to leave Barcelona and LaLiga. But the transfer of a certain hyped Jack-something from Villa Park is also scaringly shocking to say the least. But such is the case when there is enough petrodollars for flaunt. Certainly, oil money does not finish.

This Premier League season has kicked off to a fine start, but it will seemingly turn out to be a very competitive campaign that can go down to the wire. Despite this, you probably know that Ronaldo has the ability to give his side an odds-on edge. For that, if your team should go head to head with this Manchester United side, these are some of the realities that they should also prepare to go mano a mano with:

Ronaldo's scary winning spirit

In football, not many people boast the confidence, winning spirit and fighting level of the man in question. He is such that, he can effect matches and dictate results to his favor in the most unique of ways. Such is Bamba. A serial winner who doesn't give up. A Fergie-winning liege that dreams to win Manchester United the Premier League. A man who is aware that the Theatre of Dreams is the perfect place for dreams. A perfect place to start a journey for title number twenty-one in 2021. Glory and history. All the way, let's celebrate this in May.

Pogba's mastery in assisting

Paul Pogba possesses a level of creativity that is very scarce amongst midfielders in world football. Such is evident so far in his career, with club and country. You probably know what I'm talking about even if you've started watching football during Euro 2020. For any side to win the EPL, they need a player who can stand up for them in the creativity department as well. The creativity that Manchester United needs in that area is what Paul is offering. Even if opponents and rivals are scared, they'll not be spared. That overhaul in midfield is what Paul is doing. And that's what you're seeing. Seven assists in just four EPL appearances isn't a low feat, an achievement that no other player in history has ever managed in the league. So you have every reason to start fretting. Paul. Ball. Goal.

Away undefeated streak

Manchester United have established themselves as an exceedingly reliable side on their travels. They have now gone as many as the unprecedented number of outings in the league without tasting even a single defeat, a run that stretches back as far as two campaigns ago. No EPL side has ever managed such composure and reliability away from home, not even the Invincibles of '04. That itself is a terrifying edge over rivals, particularly archrivals.

To sum it up, star-studded-ness, Bruno's vindication, and the team's decorated past are all elements to edge any side to the title. With Ronaldo, Old Trafford is united for new glory.

By Batou Saidy
The Gambia