Cristiano Ronaldo pressing suggestions ‘maybe a myth’ – Michael Carrick

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Suggestions Cristiano Ronaldo might be unwilling to press opponents are “maybe a myth”, says Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick.

Ralf Rangnick is expected to implement a high-pressing style of play when he becomes United’s interim manager.

And Carrick has no doubt Portugal striker Ronaldo, 36, will continue to thrive despite that tactical change.

“He’s played in enough teams over the years and been successful to play in a variety of ways,” he said.

“He has kept scoring goals for every team he has played for and I am sure he will continue to score goals.

“Players adapt anyway. You’ve got to have skills for different styles.”

Asked specifically about the perception Ronaldo might be unwilling to press opponents, Carrick said: “Maybe it is a myth.”

Carrick dropped Ronaldo to the bench for Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea – his second game in charge – and brought on the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the second half.

He said after the game Rangnick had no involvement in the tactics, or Ronaldo being left out.

“It seems like it’s a big decision but really it wasn’t,” said Carrick.

“The way Cristiano responded was perfection really. He was incredible. He supported the players. At half-time, I went in to do my team talk and he was warming up for 10 minutes, ready to come on.

“A lot can be made of it and trying to spin it in a negative way, but behind the scenes it is very different.”


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