Manchester United should not be using Cristiano Ronaldo on a regular basis despite topping their goalscoring charts this season, according to one former Liverpool player
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reviews Manchester City defeat
Cristiano Ronaldo should not be a regular for Manchester United and only start “certain games” despite his goalscoring exploits this season.
That is the view of former Liverpool player Jason McAteer, who compared the Portuguese superstar’s situation at Old Trafford to that of Thiago Alcantara at Liverpool.
Ronaldo has scored nine goals in 12 appearances for the Red Devils this season since returning to the club from Juventus on transfer deadline day in a £12m deal.
That puts the 36-year-old at the top of the club’s goalscoring charts and Ronaldo’s goals have proved crucial in helping keep Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in his job too.
Ronaldo scored late on three occasions to secure seven points for United against Villarreal and Atalanta twice.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second stint at Man Utd has not gone to plan after their poor run of form There has been criticism that despite his goals, including the forward in Solskjaer’s XI has harmed their ability to implement his gameplan and press high up the pitch.
And it is a point that McAteer has partially agreed with, questioning the regularity in which Ronaldo features in the Man United starting lineup.
The Irishman compared his playing time to Thiago, who has only featured intermittently due to fitness and injury issues this season — and he believes that suits the Spaniard.
“Fabinho should be a starter every week, not so much with Thiago,” McAteer told LFC TV.
“I see him a bit like the Ronaldo situation at Manchester United, for me he’s a player you look at and only pick for certain games.”
McAteer’s comparison may draw a confused reaction from Liverpool fans, considering the fact Thiago’s performance against Atletico Madrid was given glowing praise.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine goals in 12 Man Utd appearances this season Ronaldo has also enjoyed a fruitful start to his second spell with Man United despite the team’s struggles.
Solskjaer is under pressure and reportedly fighting for his job after being given three games to turn things around.
The 48-year-old oversaw a himilaiitkng 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool, their worst at home for 96 years, to put him on the brink of the sack.
The United board decided to back their manager despite United’s poor form, reportedly giving him three games to save his job.
Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo failed to find the net against Manchester City But the Norwegian only won one of those fixtures — a 3-0 win against Tottenham — needing Ronaldo to rescue a last-gasp point in a 2-2 draw with Atalanta.
Their 2-0 defeat at home to rivals Manchester City has once again piled on the pressure on the under-fire United boss.
United legend Roy Keane, working as a pundit for Sky Sports, admitted Solskjaer is running out of time to prove he deserves to be in the race but he singled out players such as Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka as less deserving of a place.
“Man United are in a bad place, but there’s a way out. Is Ole the man to do it? Huge question marks,” he said.
“Every time United play like that, Ole’s to blame. Every time they win, Ole’s the luckiest man on the planet. But he has to look at himself in the mirror and say I need to do better.
“He came into United at a difficult time he’s managing one of the biggest clubs in the world but if you’ve got bluffers on the bus with you and you’re dependent on [Luke] Shaw and [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka, Ole, you might be better off out of it.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been indebted to Ronaldo’s goals for Man Utd He later added: ”The biggest problem Ole now when he’s brought in big players who have won big prizes and they now all of sudden looking at Ole or his staff.
“You think what are you bringing to the table and if there’s doubt growing in and that uncertainty, Man United are in huge trouble.
“[With] this group, there’s just that question mark and if they have doubt in Ole, [he’s in] trouble.”
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