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Rangnick must drop Ronaldo from Man United lineup, says Paul Merson

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The former Arsenal playmaker believes the United boss must replace Ronaldo with Edinson Cavani in his lineup.

Since making his surprise return to Manchester United last summer, Cristiano Ronaldo has enjoyed great form. Having already scored 14 goals, the Portuguese superstar is United’s top scorer this season. He has also marked his return with several crucial goals for the Red Devils despite the team’s struggles under Solskjaer. 

However, this has not stopped some observers from criticizing Ronaldo’s performances. Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson believes Ralf Rangnick must omit Ronaldo from his lineup.

“In terms of [Manchester United] ‘s team, I strongly believe Cristiano Ronaldo should be left out,” he told Sportskeeda, via the Sun.

“It won’t happen, but Edinson Cavani should take his place upfront with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in contention to play on the wings.

“Something’s just not right there. I think there is a lot going on behind the scenes and it doesn’t look good for them.”

Asked about United’s chances of finishing the season in the top four, Merson added:  

“You just don’t know what you’re going to get with Manchester United,

They were so fortunate against Norwich City and were never going to beat Newcastle United away from home, so this will once again be a hard game for them.

I don’t see them finishing in the top four.

“Manchester United are a long way off now and if they somehow manage to get to fourth, it’ll be a great season for them.”

Ronaldo scored for United in their 3-1 win over Burnley on Thursday. The Red Devils will face Wolves in their next league game on Monday.