Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has made it clear he thinks his previous membership may do with crossing the ball extra to get the most effective out of latest signing Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 36-year-old loved a memorable second debut for the Purple Devils on the weekend as he scored twice and put in an outstanding show in a 4-1 win over Newcastle at Outdated Trafford.
Ferdinand performed alongside Ronaldo, nevertheless, and is aware of a factor or two about the way to get the Portugal worldwide scoring much more targets.
Talking on Vibe with 5, Ferdinand says he already had one minor criticism of how Man Utd performed in opposition to Newcastle that meant Ronaldo didn’t get as many alternatives as he may have.
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“That’s one factor that I might say, not a criticism, however one factor to take a look at and study from, from Man United’s viewpoint from the weekend’s first recreation,” Ferdinand stated.
“And I’m telling you, he’d have been in there [the dressing room] after and this week saying, ‘Pay attention, cross that ball! While you get alternatives to cross the ball, you place it in there as a result of I’m aggressive and I would like the ball.’
“And he is aware of, and it’s properly documented that I’ve at all times stated this for the previous couple of years, the defenders on this nation should not nice at defending crosses. It’s not an artwork that’s really honed anymore.
“After I was a child, that was half and parcel of your day by day routine, defending crosses, defending the field. From what I see in video games, I don’t really feel gamers are doing that sufficient.
“As a result of once I see balls come within the field in the mean time, physique positions and angles etcetera are manner off. And it isn’t simple as a defender, I can let you know I’ve made many errors in that place. However you’ve started working at it.
“And I believe he [Ronaldo] can exploit some naive defending in the mean time within the Premier League.”
United would do properly to take heed to Ferdinand right here, although it is usually questionable if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer actually has any gamers in his squad who’re ok at delivering good high quality crosses into the field.
United have been notably linked with Kieran Trippier in the summertime by the Telegraph and others, with right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka not identified for his prowess in terms of getting ahead, even when he’s a strong defensive full-back.
Luke Shaw is an effective choice on the left-hand facet, however other than that it’s laborious to see the place this MUFC facet actually have the gamers to seek out Ronaldo with a cross into the field.