On The Ball: Ronaldo may lift United's fortunes but he also raises pressure on Solskjaer

Cristiano Ronaldo will be an upgrade to the forward line, but perhaps not a dramatic one as he would have been at his peak. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Rewind six weeks and the latest Manchester United legend to put pen to paper with the club was not Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The hero of 1999 signed a three-year contract extension. It was reward for incremental, if inconsistent, improvement for making United serial semi-finalists and becoming their only manager to record back-to-back top-four finishes since his mentor Alex Ferguson.

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