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Ralf Rangnick suggests Cristiano Ronaldo is affecting Man United’s style of play

Ralf Rangnick makes Cristiano Ronaldo suggestion.

Ralf Rangnick has suggested that having Cristiano Ronaldo in the Manchester United team may have affected the implementation of a pressing style of play.

The German coach was brought to the club on an interim basis in December, with a reputation as the ‘Godfather of Gegenpressing’ preceding him.

Ralf Rangnick’s pressing style.

While he attempted to bring this style of play to his hapless Red Devils squad, it soon became clear that most of the players weren’t up to it, or perhaps weren’t bothered.

In his press conference ahead of Sunday’s meeting with Crystal Palace, Rangnick suggested that Ronaldo is among those who aren’t suited to a pressing style of play.

Cristiano Ronaldo is “not a pressing monster.”

“At one stage we just had to find compromises — attacking a little bit deeper, how can we make sure that we get our offensive players into their positions?,” the 63-year-old said.

“Cristiano scored a few goals but, again, Cristiano — and I’m not blaming him at all, he did great in those games – but he’s not a pressing monster. He’s not a player – even when he was a young player – he was not a young player who was crying, shouting “Hurray, the other team has got the ball, where can we win balls?

“And the same with quite a few other players so we had to make some compromises at one stage, maybe we made a few too many — that’s also possible — but, as I said, we never found the right balance between what do we need with the ball and without the ball.”

The Ronaldo debate.

The success of Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford remains a topic of debate among the club’s fans, with his tally 24 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions being difficult to argue with.

However, as Rangnick suggests, some feel that the 37-year-old’s significant presence is hampering the team’s development.

Whatever the case, it’s something that incoming manager Erik ten Hag will need to address when he gets his feet under the desk at United this summer.

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