Gary Neville believes Cristiano Ronaldo is a “concern” for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.
Since returning to Manchester United, Ronaldo has scored five goals in six games, but Solskjaer’s side has only won two of their past seven games in all competitions.
Gary Neville, a former Manchester United player, believes that the acquisition of Cristiano Ronaldo has created a challenge for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford in a £20 million deal from Serie A champions Juventus on the summer transfer deadline day.
In a personal sense, Ronaldo’s comeback has been a success, with the 36-year-old scoring five goals in six games for United since re-signing.
However, the deal has yet to properly gel, with Solskjaer’s side winning just twice in their past seven games in all competitions.
Ronaldo’s lack of work-rate when defending, according to Neville, is the source of those issues.
“It [the transfer]has a lot of benefits, but it also has a lot of drawbacks. He told The Overlap Fan Debate 2.0 that Ronaldo had to be “controlled.”
“In the 2008 Barcelona semi-final, Cristiano Ronaldo was pushed up front on his own, while Wayne Rooney and Ji-Sung Park were pushed outside and Carlos Tevez was moved back to [mark]Busquets.
“You wouldn’t be able to carry him in important games because he doesn’t work hard enough.” So he’s suddenly playing up front, and you can’t press from the front.
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“As a result, the notion that Manchester United can become a pressing team with Cristiano up front will never materialize. 10-15 years ago, he wasn’t pressuring.” If United want to compete for major accolades with Ronaldo in the team, Neville has informed Solskjaer that he must find a solution to that dilemma.
“So, you say, ‘What’s Manchester United’s style?’ Well, they’re a counter-attacking team,” he continued.
“That’s difficult when you’re competing against teams that are usually weaker than you.” As a result, teams like Aston Villa and Everton are forced to counter-attack.
“Against Manchester United, a half-decent team will be able to cut through them.” That’s an issue, and they ought to put a stop to it.
“Ole is going to have to make some huge decisions in the coming weeks to compensate for Ronaldo’s arrival.
“Now they have to figure out how to play with Ronaldo in there.” I agree with the signing, and Brinkwire has a synopsis of the story.