There is mounting pressure on United’s new management to expand Erik Ten Hag’s options before the transfer season shuts down as Premier League opponents invest heavily in new strikers.
Erik ten Hag stated that his Manchester United team is prepared for the next campaign six days before their Premier League debut.
However, the elephant in the room is growing, making it look far more challenging for them to achieve their main goal of qualifying for the Champions League, let alone significantly catch up to Manchester City and Liverpool.
Where Ronaldo will play football in the upcoming season is still a subject of much debate, but as of Sunday afternoon, he was once again sporting the United uniform.
Ronaldo was benched at halftime of his debut match for new manager Erik ten Hag after having minimal effect on the game.
Amad, Ronaldo’s replacement, scored United’s first goal in just two minutes while the famous number seven was still in the locker room, adding insult to injury.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only focus of this, and his choice to leave Old Trafford before the conclusion of yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano is not particularly significant.
Because the larger issue is far from being resolved, even if the Portuguese stay and contribute significantly between now and May.
Erling Haaland (£54 million) and Darwin Nunez (£67.5 million) bolster attacks that are already regarded as among the five sharpest in Europe, indicating a shift away from false nine tactics.
Both Manchester City and Liverpool have made significant investments in players who will be as traditional as center forwards in 2022.
On the other hand, United enters the season with a 37-year-old striker who is close to the end of his career and has a personal goal of continuing to play in the Champions League.
And a group of young forwards who are thought to be better from wide areas.
They had the lowest goal total among the top eight teams last year, with only Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes scoring double digits.
The club punished Mason Greenwood in January after he scored six goals and finished second best.
While Anthony Martial’s future is still unknown despite performing well in preseason, there is a group of mainly undiscovered young talent who can be called upon in an emergency, including Sunday’s goal scorer, Amad Diallo.
Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho could contribute more this time around.
And that’s not even taking into account how much better Arsenal should be now that Gabriel Jesus has joined their young team, which will be more resilient after last season’s late collapse to fifth place.
Even West Ham have added a new striker to lessen the load on Michail Antonio in an effort to surprise the top four predictions.
Regardless of the Ronaldo controversy, United’s new hierarchy has a huge need to move quickly and get players who can consistently score goals.
It is still unknown if Ten Hag would consider Ronaldo prepared for the upcoming Premier League season.
The Red Devils will face Brighton & Hove Albion in their season debut this weekend.