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Man United Legend Gary Neville Breaks Down Cristiano Ronaldo 'Problem' That Has NOT Changed In 15 Years

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Man United Legend Gary Neville Breaks Down Cristiano Ronaldo 'Problem' That Has NOT Changed In 15 Years

Gary Neville has insisted that Manchester United will not become a pressing team with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the frontline.

Ronaldo made his sensational return to Old Trafford in the summer and remained in superb goalscoring form for both club and country.

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The 36-year-old Portuguese superstar has made six appearances for United in his second spell and scored five times across all competitions.

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Ronaldo has provided Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with additional goalscoring firepower, but Neville believes the United manager does face a “problem” with his return.

Neville, who played alongside Ronaldo at United, said that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner brings both “positives” and “problems” to a team.

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The Sky Sports pundit claimed that Ronaldo was not pressing during his first spell at the Red Devils, adding that United’s style is that of a counter-attacking team.

Speaking on the latest edition of Sky’s The Overlap series, Neville said: “With it comes big positives, but with it also comes problems. Ronaldo had to be managed shall we say...

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

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

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“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.

“A half-decent team against Manchester United will cut through them. That's a problem, they've got to stop that.”

Ronaldo scored in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Qatar before picking up a hat-trick in his side’s 5-0 thrashing of Luxembourg in their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

Portugal head coach Fernando Santos has criticised United manager Solskjaer over his handling of Ronaldo’s playing time at club level.

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Topics: Gary Neville, Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United, Premier League, England, Football

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