Ken Early: Ronaldo’s arrival more about appeasing fans than team-building

United’s team shape will now be dictated by the massive gravitational field of the star in its midst

 A cardboard cut-out of new signing Cristiano Ronaldo is held by Manchester United supporters during the  Premier League clash against Wolves at    Molineux.  Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

A cardboard cut-out of new signing Cristiano Ronaldo is held by Manchester United supporters during the Premier League clash against Wolves at Molineux. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Seven minutes into Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Wolves, Paul Pogba found Bruno Fernandes with a diagonal ball and the Portuguese midfielder ran at the defence. Jadon Sancho called for a pass to his right, while Mason Greenwood peeled off to the left, attracting defenders with him.

Bruno took advantage of the space left by the retreating defence to hit a 25-yard shot that skidded wide of the far post.

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