Rio Ferdinand makes Man Utd set-piece prediction following Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be aiming to take over penalties and free-kicks for Manchester United this season following his return after twelve years – but may not get them both, says Rio Ferdinand.

Ferdinand and Ronaldo played together for the entirety of the Portuguese winger’s six-year spell United, winning three Premier League titles and a Champions League together.

Becoming arguably the best side in Europe and undoubtedly the most successful in England in that period, Ronaldo slowly worked his way up to becoming the free-kick king at United – scoring goals such as his famed strike against Portsmouth and his howitzer against Arsenal.

However, despite the Portuguese superstar returning to Old Trafford for a reported £20million on Tuesday morning, he may have to battle his way back to free-kick duties, according to Ferdinand.

Bruno Fernandes has been United’s set-piece taker since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon – and the former England and United defender claims the two will share responsibilities this season.

“I think Bruno gives up penalties but doesn’t relinquish free-kicks and corners,” Ferdinand said on YouTube.

“The free-kicks around the box, he’s going to be on them I think. I think his record demands that he should do that.

“He (Ronaldo) takes the penalties, 100 per cent.

“They agree to give him the penalties but I think free-kicks around the box, Bruno’s just wiping the ball and putting it down.”

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Ferdinand claims that Bruno – who has been United’s focal point over the last 18 months – will be happy to do so given how well he knows Ronaldo can influence the United side.

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Fernandes didn’t make the Portugal side that won Euro 2016, but will remember the famous moment Ronaldo was on the touchline barking orders to his team-mates after he couldn’t take part in the game.

And it will be this leadership void which Rio believes Bruno will allow to happen, as he becomes desperate to win trophies.

“I think Bruno sees the bigger picture, that this guy can get us over the line to win us trophies,” he said of Ronaldo.

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“If that means his percentage of goal involvements goes down but he gets his hands on a big trophy, he’d take that all day long.”

United will potentially look to utilise Ronaldo on his debut when they face Newcastle United at Old Trafford on September 11.

And 12 years after his departure – in which his last goal at Old Trafford was in the derby against arch-rivals Manchester City – United fans will be vying for tickets to watch their hero don the red shirt once again.

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