Darren Bent fears Man Utd star ‘will get the hump’ because of Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo officially signed his new Manchester United contract on Thursday

Cristiano Ronaldo officially signed his new Manchester United contract on Thursday (Picture: Getty)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United could see Edinson Cavani ‘get the hump’ according to former England striker Darren Bent.

The 36-year-old is set to make his second debut for United against Newcastle on Saturday at a packed Old Trafford after formally signing his new contract on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already has a frightening array of attacking options at his disposal with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho all set to compete for places in United’s forward line.

Ronaldo is almost certain to be deployed as a central striker by his new manager and former teammate, which is likely to further restrict game time for fellow veteran Edinson Cavani, who came close to leaving the Red Devils earlier this summer before opting to stay put.

‘I don’ think he (Solskjaer) can (keep everyone happy) unfortunately,’ Bent told talkSPORT. ‘Cavani is a very good pro, he’s a legend in his own right. He’s been superb in his career in terms of playing at the highet level, scoring a lot of goals.

Edinson Cavani's positino at Man Utd could be compromised by Cristiano Ronaldo's return

Edinson Cavani’s positino at Man Utd could be compromised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return (Picture: Getty)

‘He was brilliant at Man Utd last season, certainly in the Europa League where he got six goals in five games so he stepped up in that. In the Premier League I think he got 10 Premier League goals.

‘He was someone in big games and big moments when you needed him United leant on him a little bit, like the Southampton game when he came on and scored two great headers.

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‘But now you’ve got Ronaldo, he is that person! He’s that person from the start. He’s not coming off the bench to win games, he’ll be starting a lot more than he doesn’t.

‘So I don’t see where Cavani fits in. I think Cavani at some stage, if he’s getting limited game time I think he might stat to get the hump.’


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