A compilation of Cristiano Ronaldo pressing and tracking back in his final season at Man Utd goes viral
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A compilation that shows Cristiano Ronaldo 'pressing and tracking back' throughout his most recent spell at Manchester United has got people talking.
It has been a far-from-ideal start to the new Premier League campaign for Erik ten Hag and his side.
For the first time in 34 years, United have lost three of their opening five league games, with Saturday's 3-1 loss to Brighton ending a 20-game unbeaten home run in England's top flight.
Despite bringing in a number of fresh faces this summer, including Rasmus Hojlund, Mason Mount and Andre Onana, the club are struggling on all fronts.
Back in July, Ten Hag said he wanted his side to become a "pressing machine" in the coming months but that so-called press has been disjointed and lacking any real urgency.
Take a brilliantly-worked goal from Pascal Grob, for example. Brighton's build-up play from the back was certainly admirable. And they eventually capped off a 30-pass sequence with a well-taken goal.
But a clear lack of urgency from a number of United players in the below clip is evident, with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Simon Adingra being given far too much time and space in dangerous areas.
If I’m Erik ten Hag, I’m making my team watch this goal on repeat for the next week. The press is non-existent. I’ve seen better from under 8 teams. Absolutely shambolic. pic.twitter.com/vYxV7YqvL6— Jamie Ward (@jamie_ward84) September 17, 2023
That video in particular has been criticised by many fans. In fact, some have decided to bring Cristiano Ronaldo into the conversation after Marcus Rashford was called out for his level of pressing against Roberto De Zerbi's side.
Ronaldo, who left United in November following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan, started just four Premier League games under Ten Hag.
He clearly didn't fit into the Dutch manager's philosophy – and the rest is history – but a compilation of him pressing and tracking back suggests he worked harder than many people give him credit for.
After a fan posted a clip of Rashford's display against Brighton, one Twitter user responded with this video of Ronaldo.
Erik ten Hag recently said he inherited a club with "no good culture" after it was confirmed that Jadon Sancho would remain on a personal training programme away from the first-team group pending resolution of a squad discipline issue.
“Strict lines is what the club asked me because there was no good culture before I entered last season, so to set good standards, that is what I did and it is my job to control the standards," he said.
“Of course, it is never someone only makes one mistake, it is a whole process before you come to a certain outcome about strict lines.
“If staff or players or whoever, there is a structure to cross lines so you have to be strong.”
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