Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Cristiano Ronaldo is a big tactical problem for Manchester United
The Red Devils made heavy investments this summer and hit the big apple when they got in club legend Cristiano Ronaldo to sign for them in the dying embers of the transfer window. Thus, it was always a positive signing, and there was never any problem to begin with.
However, it is not a secret that the Portuguese is not the greatest defender when the opposition has the ball. While he has held up his end of the bargain by banging in the goals, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to find a balance in the team with the 36-year-old.
Jamie Carragher explained the issue in detail and pointed out how United cannot be playing five attackers. The Liverpool legend told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (h/t Daily Mail):
‘You can’t play five attacking players. Pogba’s got to come out of central midfield. He’s playing there, and it comes back to the Ronaldo signing. As soon as Ronaldo comes in, Pogba has to play centre midfield to fit all the players in.’
‘What does Ole do? What’s your idea? I don’t see it in terms of a plan. If you’re going to press, everyone presses. Are they a high pressing team? Not really, not with Ronaldo in the team.’
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The former Real Madrid and Juventus superstar was often covered defensively by the best players at his former teams, while the Portugal national team also work diligently off the ball.
Although it will take some time to make this tactical tweak to adjust Ronaldo into the team, Solskjaer will need to find it soon as a string of poor performances could spell doomsday for him.