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Fernandes will give up penalties to Ronaldo but not free-kicks, Ferdinand says

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand says Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes will have to share set pieces at Man United. The former defender says Fernandes will give up up penalties but not free-kicks.

Ronaldo officially rejoined Manchester United on Tuesday for a second spell at the club. The great Portuguese will no doubt be the centre of attraction but Ferdinand doesn’t think Fernandes will be pushed aside. The former defender claims Fernandes’ record on free-kicks are good, so there’ll be no need to relinquish that duty.

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

Ronaldo could be in line to make his debut in a home fixture against Newcastle on September 11 – four days before they kick off their Champions League campaign away at Young Boys.

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