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EPL: Man United stars, Ten Hag’s choice of striker between Ronaldo, Rashford revealed

Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer wanted on the pitch by his teammates at Manchester United who now prefer that the Portuguese stay on the bench.

The Sun reports that the players feel ‘pressured’ by Ronaldo’s presence on the pitch and want Marcus Rashford to lead the Red Devils ‘ attack while the 37-year-old stays on the bench this season.

The Portugal international has only started two matches for Erik ten Hag team this season and is yet to open his account for the 2022-23 campaign.

He was absent for a large part of the club’s pre-season tour of Asia and Australia and therefore not deemed match fit for United’s opening-day defeat to Brighton.

Since then the former Real Madrid and Juventus goal machine has had to make do with a bit-part role since regaining his fitness.

The 37-year-old wants to return to his place as the club’s talisman but The Sun reports that his teammates believe he should remain on the bench.

A source told The Sun: “The manager wants Marcus to be United’s No. 1 striker and lead the line-up front.

“He believes Marcus has the ability to become one of the world’s best and wants him to express himself in matches.

“He is always telling him to use his pace and skills when he gets a chance. He told Marcus he will easily score 20 this season. They have a great relationship and Marcus is really happy.”

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