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.
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

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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