October 10, 2021 || 11:34 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘has caused Man Utd problem’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told to make change

Manchester Unit’ed ‘have lost their orienta”tion’ since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Ole Gunn’ar Sols’kjaer’s side, accord’ing to for’mer Holl’and star Danny Bl’ind.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mu’st ch’ange his Manchester United ta’ctics now that Cristiano Ronaldo is i’n the team. That’s the vi’ew of former Netherlands star Dan’ny Bli’nd, who says the Premier League giants “have lost th’eir orientation” since signing the 5′-time Ballon d’Or winner from Juve’ntus.


Bllnd, the father of for’mer United player Daley, sa’ys Solskjaer’s side have lost their ‘identity, say’ing their style of play is bas’ed on individual qual’ities rat’her than a team appro’ach.

And he drew atten’tion to R’onaldo’s lack of pr’essing, saying the manager m’ust come with a different appro’ach in or’der to get the best out of ‘his star man while still putting pres’sure on the opposition.


What is the ident’ity of this Manchester Unit’ed tea’m? What is his plan? It is exa’ctly that what is missing with Sols’kjaer,” Blind told The Mirror.

“There is not a tacti’cal plan. His team are not able’ to put pressure on their oppone’nts like Manchester City.


He added: “It doe’s not always have to be full pressin’g but we don’t see any of it – every’thing in the United team is base’d on the individual qualities of pla’yers.

“They have those qua’lities and it often gets a resu’lt for the team. But it is never a tea’m result. It has not been looking go’od in a number of matches.

“United struggle to be dom’inant, that is the whole prob’lem.”

Blind believ’es the add’ition of Ronaldo has not hel’ped the balance of the tea’m, and he urged Solskjaer to ada’pt, saying: “You are not going to cha”nge Cristiano any more in his thinking and his approach of the ga’me.

So Solskjaer will have to c’ome up with a playing sty’le of his team where ‘Cristi’ano can still fl’ourish and the te’am can stil’l put their oppone’nt un’der pressure.

“Cristiano has com’e back and scored some important goals. But his presence in the’ team req’uires a diffe’rent way of thin’king’ tactic’ally.

“Norm’ally, you ‘would expe’ct that the striker is the 1st m’an to chase the defenders of the opp’osition. He will run from one defen”der to the other.

“But the tea’m has lost its orientation. The’y are not in their confid’ent stru’cture now Ronaldo is up front.”

Blind, who is now as’sistant coach to former Un’ited boss Louis van Gaal with the Ne’therlands, questio’ned Sols’kjaer’s cred’entials as a man’ager.


Yes, he was cham’pions in Norway. But that is a diffe’rent level,” he said. “I know’ why he gets more time tha’n other co’aches, he is a child of the cl’ub.

“He score’d that legen’dary goal in 1999 whic’h help’ed them win the Champio’ns Lea’gue.


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