Portugal national team manager, Fernando Santos has reiterated that Manchester United have been using five-time Ballon d'or award winner, Cristiano Ronaldo incorrectly, revealing that the player needs to start every game.
"He [Ronaldo] will go to the game [against Qatar] because he needs playing time. It’s important to him at this stage. He [Ronaldo] will go to the game [against Qatar] because he needs playing time. It’s important to him at this stage," Santos said.
If he only plays against Luxembourg, he will have practically 15 days without playing with intensity. At this point I will say that there are strong possibilities of Ronaldo going to the game against Qatar, either starting or coming on later during the second half, so that the competitive rhythms are at their maximum against Luxembourg."
Santos stuck to his word, with Ronaldo starting and opening the scoring as Portugal won 2-0 at home to World Cup hosts Qatar in a friendly on Saturday night. The 36-year
The 36-year-old has been in impressive form for the Red Devils ever since returning back to Old Trafford, scoring five goals in six appearances in all competitions. The Portugal icon is the reason why United have been tipped to win a trophy come the end of season.