Cristiano Ronaldo can play into his 40s, claims Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United-Premier League-19-03-2007
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United-Premier League-19-03-2007 - IMAGO / PA Images

Cristiano Ronaldo has had a flying start to life in the Premier League, having scored four goals in just three games for Manchester United since his return. Despite his relatively old age of 36, the Portuguese forward remains in peak physical condition.

Reflecting on his latest talisman’s amazing longevity, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær claimed that Ronaldo has the ability to play professional football, well into his 40s, according to the DailyMail. The Norwegian tactician believes that Ronaldo possesses a defining commitment to the beautiful game, which could elongate his illustrious career.

Commenting on Ronaldo’s exploits, Solskjær said, “I wouldn’t be surprised if he still played when he was 40, not at all, because of the way he looks after himself. “That’s the key to it – and of course some genes. There must be some genes as well, some DNA in there.”

The 48-year-old manager further added, “He has put every single ounce of energy and effort into becoming the player he is and has been, so he deserves every single little plaudit that he gets for his physical state.”

Ronaldo has been directly responsible for United’s recent upturn in fortunes. The 36-year-old Portuguese has slid right into the United first-team, restricting Edinson Cavani to the bench.

Cristiano Ronaldo was absent in the Red Devils’ recent EFL Cup defeat to West Ham. However, he will most probably be included in their next Premier League clash against Aston Villa.