Lima, January 3, 2022Updated on 01/03/2022 12:42 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo starts 2022 in style: Manchester United has appointed him the team captain for the match against Wolverhampton for matchday 21 of the Premier League. Since he returned to the English club, at the start of this season, it will be the first time that the scorer has carried that distinction.
On the eve of the clash, which will take place at the Old Trafford stadium, coach Ralf Rangkick justified the decision to award the bracelet to the Portuguese. “The question was if it was David [De Gea] or him, those are the players who have been playing the longest and I wanted a field player as captain, that’s why I chose Cristiano “, he stated.
Manchester United’s regular captain is Harry Maguire. However, the central defender is listed as “not available” according to the latest information released by the institution in its official media. Then, without the defender of the English team and after the explanation of DT, the Portuguese will be in charge of guiding his teammates.
Cristiano’s last time as United captain
Cristiano Ronaldo was also captain of Manchester United during his first stage in the English entity. To be precise, the Portuguese footballer wore the tape in March 2008 during a Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers. That day, the ‘Red Devils’ won 2-0.
On that occasion, CR7 received the trust of Alex Ferguson, who served as the coach of the first team. For that commitment, the historic former Scottish DT decided to leave another benchmark of the ‘Red Devils’ on the bench: the Welshman Ryan Giggs.
Manchester United vs. Wolverhampton: confirmed lineups
Manchester United: David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Raphael Varane, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw; Mason Greenwood, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Jadon Sancho; Edinson Cavani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Wolverhampton: Josa Sa; Max Kilman, Conor Coady, Romain Saiss; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Marcal; Trincao, Raul Jiménez, Daniel Podence.