Man United legend highlights Ronaldo’s weakness
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Man United legend highlights Ronaldo’s weakness

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Cristiano Ronaldo cannot deliver high-pressing on opposing defenders.

The former Red Devils skipper believes Ronaldo’s inability to start the defending high-up with a press is a problem for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to solve.

“With it [the transfer] comes big positives, but with it also comes problems. Ronaldo had to be managed shall we say,” Neville told The Overlap Fan Debate 2.0.

Despite a brilliant start to Ronaldo’s second stint with United (five goals in seven games), Neville says the Portuguese star never pressed as younger and therefore won’t be doing it now at the age of 36 years.

“In the 2008 Barcelona semi-final away from home, Cristiano Ronaldo was shoved up front on his own, and Rooney and Ji-Sung Park were shoved wide, and Tevez was brought back to [mark] Busquets.

“You couldn't carry him in the big games because he generally doesn't work hard enough. So he's playing up front now - you're never going to press from the front.

“So the idea that Manchester United can become a pressing team with Cristiano up front is never going to happen. He wasn't pressing 10-15 years ago.

“So, what you say then is, 'what's the style of Manchester United?', well they're a counter-attack team,” he added.

“That becomes difficult when you're playing against teams that are inferior to you most of the time. So, what you get is teams like Aston Villa and Everton counter-attacking,” Neville concluded.

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