Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘demand’ to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to change Man Utd’s style of play


Man Utd are yet to hit top gear this season despite adding plenty of talent in the summer and Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly discussed changing the team’s tactics with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Cristiano Ronaldo has asked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to tweak Manchester United’s style of play to help get the best out of him.

The Portuguese star returned to Old Trafford in the summer following 12 years away.

He’s scored five times in five games thus far, including the stoppage time winner against Villarreal in midweek.

But many feel as though United should be performing to a much higher level given their quality and getting Ronaldo firing on all cylinders will certainly help their cause.

ESPN claim the 36-year-old wants United’s defenders to be far more direct in getting the ball to the final third.

United have only scored twice in their last three games which underlines the fact they haven’t quite clicked yet.

Cristiano Ronaldo has supposedly discussed tweaking the team’s tactics with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer added Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in the summer to further bolster a squad that is already flooding with talent.

Varane has come in to partner captain Harry Maguire with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly also options at centre-half.

The United boss was quizzed on reports Ronaldo is trying to have an influence on the team’s patterns of play.

“That is another one. Wow, what can you answer to that?” he said.

“What we speak about us that is between us, but we haven’t had that discussion, put it that way.”

Solskjaer added: “He has had a great impact on and off the pitch.

“Five goals in five games at his age says everything. You’ve got to manage him, he’s a very good example for everyone. Long may it continue.”

United took on Everton on Saturday lunchtime with the game ending in a 1-1 draw

They will be looking to avoid successive league defeats at Old Trafford after Aston Villa secured a late win in Manchester seven days ago

The forward wants the team’s defenders to be more direct

Solskjaer has expressed his frustration with the fixture schedule that sees his side back in action less than 72 hours after their Villarreal win in the Champions League.

“We had no explanation, but it’s TV of course,” he said. “There’s no common sense at all. We had the same scenario last season when we were in Turkey and came back and played.

“Us and Chelsea both played on Wednesday and could have easily played on Sunday while City-Liverpool could have been on Saturday.

“Common sense might not be so common.”


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