What Will Life Be Like For Manchester United After Cristiano Ronaldo?

Ryan NanayakkaraContributor IAugust 4, 2009

HANGZHOU, CHINA - JULY 26:  Michael Owen of Manchester United in action during a pre-season friendly match between Hangzhou Greentown and Manchester United as part of the club's Asia Tour 2009 at Huang Long Stadium on July 26, 2009 in Hangzhou, China.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Many believe Manchester United will struggle following Cristiano Ronaldo's Old Trafford exit. The Portuguese winger joined Spanish giants Real Madrid for a record-breaking £80 million fee.

However the Red Devils have performed with maturity during their preseason, even reaching the Asia Cup final only to lose to Bayern Munich on penalties.

Sir Alex Ferguson has sofar only made three acquisitions, at which point he proclaimed: "That's it for us in the window". It wasn't soon until the vultures circled, and the tabloids criticised Ferguson for admitting United could sign French midfielder Franck Ribery.

Will United be able to cope without their Portuguese superstar?

This is the question on everyone's mind.

After the shock signing of Michael Owen from tumbling Newcastle United, detractors increased, claiming Owen has lost his goal scoring touch years ago and worse—that Owen is "injury prone".

For those who choose to ignore the doubters would see United's tour of Asia and Germany has come to an end with only one defeat for the Premier League champions. While demonstrating performances that were both courageous and brave.

Will United grab one more shock signing before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month?

Manchester United's final friendly match is against Spanish giants Valencia, and many first team players could be taking part. Including the new major summer signings; rising star Luis Antonio Valencia and striker Michael Owen.

Obertan, another summer signing, is yet to feature in a United shirt. The Valencia game could be his debut.