Soccer Football – Premier League – Chelsea v Manchester United – Stamford Bridge, London, England – November 28, 2021 Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo with caretaker manager Michael Carrick as he is ready to come on as a substitute REUTERS / David Klein
December 2, 2021
(Reuters) – Michael Carrick says it is a myth that Cristiano Ronaldo is not suitable for the pressurized style of play and has helped the Portuguese striker thrive under Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.
German coach Rangnick, who will take over after receiving a work visa, is a proponent of ‘gegenpressing’ – a style of football in which teams play hard to win the ball back as soon as possible, instead because gather back.
Carrick, who looks set to continue as caretaker for United’s game against Arsenal late on Thursday, says the 36-year-old Ronaldo has the qualities to adapt to any tactical changes Rangnick will make. .
“Maybe it’s a myth (that Ronaldo can’t shoot). He’s played on enough teams over the years and is successful playing in a variety of ways,” said Carrick.
“He has consistently scored for every team he has played for and I am sure that he will continue to score, no doubt about that. Either way, players adapt. You must be skilled for different styles. “
Ronaldo is Man United’s top scorer this season with 10 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions.
Carrick also downplayed his decision to knock Ronaldo out in United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea and praised the Portugal international for responding in the right spirit.
“He was unbelievable. He supported the players,” said Carrick. “It’s possible to create a lot of things and try to turn it around in a negative way, but behind the scenes it’s very different.”
United are 10th in the table and have won a point in their last three matches. Arsenal is rising to 5th place after winning the last 4/5 matches.
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
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