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Cristiano Ronaldo proved he CAN press in Manchester United’s win against Arsenal

Cristiano Ronaldo proved he CAN press in Manchester United’s win against Arsenal

Ronaldo came on in the second half of United's win over Arsenal on Sunday, and showed Ten Hag he can join in with the press.

Cristiano Ronaldo proved he's still got a place in Erik ten Hag's plans this season, with a moment of closing down in Manchester United's win over Arsenal.

Ronaldo has been a problem all summer for United, with his desire to leave, and subsequently not being able to find a new club, running throughout the entire season.

One reason people believed the 37-year-old wasn't picked up in the summer was the fact most elite teams like to press from the front, something it's not believed he's capable of.

Ten Hag has mainly used him as a substitute this season, even in the game against Brighton on the opening weekend choosing to play Christian Eriksen in the false nine position.

On Sunday, Ronaldo was once again brought on as a sub, for goalscoring debutant Antony, as United ended Arsenal's undefeated start to the season.

And one clip shows that the five time Ballon d'Or winner is definitely capable of playing the way the new manager wants, as he helped set up a huge chance by putting Aaron Ramsdale under huge pressure.

The forward had half an hour to make an impact after coming off the bench and whilst he didn't score or assist his teammates, he was an excellent presence upfront.

His movement and runs allowed space for Marcus Rashford to run into, as the England international continued his impressive start to the season with two goals.

United were no doubt helped by the fact that their opponents completely opened up in the second half as they chased a game that they dominated for periods of play.

After going 2-1 down, Mikel Arteta made a very attacking triple substitution, and just a minute later Bruno Fernandes, Christian Eriksen and Rashford combined to carve them open up for the hosts third goal.

Ronaldo wasn't involved then but, as well as closing down Ramsdale, may have had a goal if Fred's pass could have found him and also flicked on a brilliant ball for the Brazilian late on, with another video documenting everything good he did.

Much of the coverage after the game centred on the visitors' disallowed goal in the first half, with Martin Odegaard adjudged to have fouled Eriksen in the build up.

Roy Keane was on punditry duties on Sky Sport, alongside Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Paul Merson, and the former United man felt the goal probably should have stood.

However the Irishman also called out Mikel Arteta for moaning about the decision, criticising the Arsenal boss for being a 'sore loser.'

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Topics: Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Arsenal, Premier League