Manchester United told Cristiano Ronaldo is disrupting their pattern – Manchester Evening News

Former Netherlands defender Danny Blind claims that Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford has caused Manchester United to play outside of their ‘familiar pattern’.

The Portugal forward has been in sensational form since returning to the club in the summer, scoring five goals in six appearances.

However, despite Ronaldo’s goals United have won just two of their last six matches across all competitions.

And Blind, father of the former United player Daley, believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still struggling to adapt to Ronaldo as the focal point of the team, as opposed to Edinson Cavani.

The Dutch legend recently explained in a post match analysis of their 2-1 win over Villarreal, that United players are having to change the way they play because Ronaldo offers less movement than Cavani.

“Ronaldo doesn’t really need to play an active role,” Blind told Sportnieuws.

“Like: ‘take your time’. You also see the other players looking at you like, ‘how are we going to solve it then?’

“Normally, the striker runs from one central defender to the other.

“Now, they are not playing in their familiar pattern. When the ball was deflected [against Villarreal], you saw Paul Pogba coaching that they had to put all the pressure on.

“Ronaldo did not do that; he is not like that. He only thinks about goals and hopes others will conquer the ball.”

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