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Ryan Giggs Breaks Down The Tactics Man United Used To Fit Cristiano Ronaldo's Game

Ryan Giggs Breaks Down The Tactics Man United Used To Fit Cristiano Ronaldo's Game

Ryan Giggs has broken down the tactics that Manchester United used to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at the club.

Ronaldo joined United as an 18-year-old from Sporting Lisbson in 2003 and developed into one of the world's best under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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Image Credit: PA

In his six year stint he won three Premier League titles as well as the Champions League among a slew of other trophies.

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Ryan Giggs has documented how United got the best out of Ronaldo on The Coaches Voice in their 'Masterclass' series.


Current Wales boss and United legend Giggs has said United's tactics involved getting the ball as quick to the Portuguese forward as quick as possible.

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He explains that Ronaldo was always a danger on the wing due to his dynamic pace as well as his physicality and ability to win the ball aerially.

Ronaldo and Sir Alex won a slew of awards together. (Image Credit: PA)
Ronaldo and Sir Alex won a slew of awards together. (Image Credit: PA)

The 45-year-old also states Ronaldo was capable of spinning full-backs into a twist before darting down the byline.

Ronaldo after winning the European Golden Boot in 2008 (Image Credit: PA)
Ronaldo after winning the European Golden Boot in 2008 (Image Credit: PA)
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It's interesting to see as the modern Ronaldo has evolved into much more of a predator in the box in his 30's.

The main providers for the current Juventus man tended to be Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.

Rooney and Ronaldo's partnership defined Manchester United in the late 2000's and alongside Carlos Tevez formed one of the deadliest trios in world football.

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Image Credit: PA
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Ronaldo eventually moved on to Real Madrid for a then record £80 million fee and he's gone on to be one of the best players of all time.

The 34-year-old recently spoke fondly about his experiences at Old Trafford and named Giggs as a player he learnt a lot from.

"If you've got a little intelligence, you look and take example from those who are doing things better than you" Ronaldo told France Football per The Daily Mail.

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"That's what I did when I was in Manchester with Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand... if you don't learn from guys like that, you're an imbecile.

"The goal isn't to imitate but to take aspects from those who are the best and adapt it to your own personality. That's what I did. I had some talent and I watched them."

The video is certainly a great insight into how to get the best out of 'CR7'.

Featured Image Credit: PA/The Coaches Voice

Topics: Football News, News, Manchester United, Ronaldo, Man utd, Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.

 

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