It was inevitable, wasn’t it? So inevitable that I made Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime on his first match back in the colours of Manchester United a 1/2 NAP tip for subscribers to VG Tips.
Any betting profit is good profit regardless of the odds. Just so long as the price on offer represents what I consider to be value. And 1/2 for the man wearing that number 7 shirt to find the net at any stage of the match was value. To my mind at least.
The atmosphere at Old Trafford was electric even before the match had begun. When he scored twice, you could hear the noise from the fans in another county. As I wrote in my betting tips preview for last weekend, Ronaldo is bound to score goals for United. Especially against lower order sides such as the in trouble Newcastle United. At 36 he is not as mobile as he once was but his obsession with staying fit has meant he can keep scoring goals for another couple of years yet.
Even before yesterday’s game, I quite fancied backing Manchester United to win the FA Cup at odds of 7/1. I guess the success of such a tip depends on whether United play a full strength side in that competition. It seems some people think they can win the Premier League. Or even the Champions League. I can’t see that myself. But there can be no doubting that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has plenty of attacking options. It’s elsewhere that fans have reservations about the strength and depth of the squad.
I worry for Solskjaer. The signing of Ronaldo may be good news for the manager initially. But supporters now expect the club to win honours this season. Just because of the return of the golden boy himself. That puts more pressure on the still learning manager who was thrown in at the deep end when appointed. Ole could never have imagined he would get such a job. As with the signing of Cristiano, it was Sir Alex Ferguson who was behind the return to Old Trafford of Solskjaer.
As I said to subscribers via their weekly weekend football tips post, I think the manager has done a decent job considering how inexperienced he is and the fact that he walked into a dressing room of players who had ceased to enjoy their careers under Jose Mourinho.
But there’s little doubt in my mind that, for all the manager is delighted to have Ronaldo in his team, his presence may in time turn out to be a double edged sword. One fans use to stab Solskjaer in the back.
Both men are United legends and with good reason. After Ronaldo’s debut, the two men embraced. The crowd roared. Regardless of which set of fans it was, it was good to once again hear a loud, joyous atmosphere in a football stadium. A year ago we’d have all given anything to hear such noise.