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Cristiano Ronaldo as Manchester United manager

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
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The Portuguese forward is not at the end of his career but he would do wonders if he were to step down now and manage the Red Devils.

Whenever he hangs up his boots, Cristiano Ronaldo will go down as a legend of the game. On the same level as Lionel Messi if not greater. His records in Portugal, England, Spain and Italy speaks for itself.

Take into account his time with the national team, and you truly start to unearth his greatness. Messi does not come close. No one does when you look at his cumulative service to the game.

And he is not stopping any time soon. Someone with 608 goals will be at the end of his career. But the manner in which Ronaldo has taken care of himself, he still has at least half a dozen years in his tank.

So it seems it would be a fallacy to start discussing his career off the pitch. But that day is coming, and surely the Portugal captain would have thought about it.

He will surely be taking a sole in the dugout. We saw glimpses of his time on the sidelines during Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning run. A return to Manchester United will be on the cards. It would be the dream of any Red Devils fan.

And if we wanted to, the job would be his. Without experience at the top level, the job would be his. No questions asked, the job would be his. It will be the popular choice and the sane choice.

Poor managerial choices at Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the job because Ed Woodward brought him in after successive failed recruitment choices. And he has done worse than his predecessors at Old Trafford.

David Moyes was an Alex Ferguson signing. But Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho were brought in by the boardroom executive. And their employment did not go well with the fans. They lost the stands and their jobs, in that order.

Solskjaer is treading that path. At this moment, it is a matter of when not if.

Ronaldo taking over will steady that ship and he can hold that role for a long time. A fan favorite at Manchester United, despite spending the better part of his career in a white Real Madrid jersey.

And he brings to the table what the fans want at Old Trafford. The 34 year old’s work ethic is talk of legends. His media conversation at par with the best. Moreover, Ronaldo has the winning mentality matched by a few.

But it is his superior understanding of the game that sets him apart from his peers. Cristiano Ronaldo has seen his role on the pitch change ever since he burst on the stage. And he matured into those duties assigned to him.

Only time will tell whether the prolific attacker will make Manchester his home again or not. But one thing is for certain, he will be a winner wherever he goes. Success follows him and stands tall to receive it.