Cristiano Ronaldo has not been negative signing for Manchester United

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Ronaldo scored eight goals against Manchester City boss Pep guardiola in 16 games

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager, has denied that Cristiano Ronaldo's signing had any negative effect on his side.

Ronaldo, 36, has scored nine goals this season in United's 14-game league.

Solskjaer said, "He's one the most skilled players that has ever walked upon this planet."

His impact has been immense. He is a goal scorer and works with his team. He is a top professional.

He said, "How can people say that's negative? I don't see how."

"We are really happy that he started so well."

Ronaldo scored United’s opening goal in a 3-0 Premier League win against Tottenham last Sunday. This was after the Old Trafford side had rebounded from a 5-0 home defeat by Liverpool.

In Tuesday's dramatic 2-2 Champions League draw against Atalanta, the Portuguese captain scored two equalisers. The second was in injury time.

United hosts Manchester City, their neighbours, on Saturday (1230 GMT), as they attempt to forget the "dark moment", which was the Liverpool defeat.

Solskjaer said, "We've moved forward from that [Liverpool] One."

"Ofcourse it's going in the history books. But we've had an enjoyable week.

"We have had positive results away from home and difficult games.

"We have to believe we can achieve good things when we go into [Manchester City] games. Everyone knows what's at stake in this local derby.

United's victory over Spurs was their fifth league game win. City beat them 2-0 in March, when they last met in the Premier League at the Etihad.

Solskjaer won four of the eight meetings against City boss Pep guardiola in all competitions. This is the highest rate of any manager to face Guardiola at least five times.

"I don't like to talk about my past. The Norwegian said that he admires and has great respect for Pep's work.

"It's an exceptional one and we have had some good results against them. We hope it continues. But, we don't take that for granted. It is something we have to work for.

"We have had some great games, tight games and now we need another performance."

City has not beaten United in league play in four of their last four meetings. Their last top-flight victory against Solskjaer was in April 2019.

Guardiola said, "Congratulations United for winning these duel against us, ou some of them," after Guardiola's side was defeated by Crystal Palace in the most recent league match.

"They are physical and talented, with a lot to offer. They also have people who can win by their own efforts.

"It's Manchester United, what should I say?" They have been a great team since the beginning of the 20th century. It is a new season and new games.

City were linked to Ronaldo's move in the summer just before he joined United. Guardiola said: "Normally, I don't speak about players for other clubs.

"I'm pretty certain Cristiano Ronaldo is at Manchester United, and United are very happy to have him. That's it.