What will Man Utd's attack look like if Ronaldo stays? 2What will Man Utd's attack look like if Ronaldo stays? 2

`Having four strikers in the squad is always an advantage,` coach Alex Ferguson once said when recruiting Robin van Persie in the summer of 2012 from Arsenal, even though at that time Man Utd already had Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

In the 2012-2013 season, Van Persie won the Premier League top scorer for the second consecutive period, with two different teams.

Ronaldo scored a double in his first match back for Man Utd at Old Trafford, against Newcastle on September 11, 2021.

According to The Athletic, that is also the reason coach Erik ten Hag is determined to keep Cristiano Ronaldo, even though he no longer wants to stay at Old Trafford.

In the last five seasons, the Top 4 teams scoring the fewest goals were Man Utd (68 goals), Chelsea (63), Man Utd (66), Chelsea (58) and Tottenham (69).

The Top 4 teams last season all strengthened their strikers with notable contracts, such as Erling Haaland (Man City), Darwin Nunez (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) and Richarlison (Tottenham).

Last season, Man Utd for the first time ended an English Premier League period without a positive goal difference.

Man Utd’s attack last season was disappointing.

But Man Utd’s problem lies not only in the striker’s ability to finish, but in how to create opportunities.

Ten Hag is trying to rebuild Man Utd’s attacking style of play.

Would without Ronaldo, would the scoring ability of these players improve?

In the last six seasons, Fernandes needed an average of 2.8 shots on goal to score a goal, and this performance has also been stable over the years.

What will Man Utd's attack look like if Ronaldo stays?

Martial (middle) scored in Man Utd’s 4-0 win over Liverpool in a friendly in Bangkok on July 12.

As for Rashford, his performance is 3.1 in the last five seasons.

Sancho and Martial’s performance is better, with 2.0 and 2.6 shots on goal per goal, respectively.

But what Ten Hag is doing is helping the team create more opportunities than before, not just scoring more goals.

Without Ronaldo, Man Utd will also do better in creating pressure from afar.

Of course Ten Hag still needs Ronaldo, when Man Utd has difficulty bringing in another high-class striker even though the transfer window is still more than a month away from closing.

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