Lingard thrilled to have Ronaldo back at Man Utd
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must change his Manchester United tactics now that Cristiano Ronaldo is in the team. That’s the view of former Netherlands star Danny Blind, who says the Premier League giants “have lost their orientation” since signing the five-time Ballon d’Or winner from Juventus.
Bllnd, the father of former United player Daley, says Solskjaer’s side have lost their identity, saying their style of play is based on individual qualities rather than a team approach.
And he drew attention to Ronaldo’s lack of pressing, saying the manager must come with a different approach in order to get the best out of his star man while still putting pressure on the opposition.
“What is the identity of this Manchester United team? What is his plan? It is exactly that what is missing with Solskjaer,” Blind told The Mirror.
“There is not a tactical plan. His team are not able to put pressure on their opponents like Manchester City.”
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He added: “It does not always have to be full pressing but we don’t see any of it – everything in the United team is based on the individual qualities of players.
“They have those qualities and it often gets a result for the team. But it is never a team result. It has not been looking good in a number of matches.
“United struggle to be dominant, that is the whole problem.”
Blind believes the addition of Ronaldo has not helped the balance of the team, and he urged Solskjaer to adapt, saying: “You are not going to change Cristiano any more in his thinking and his approach of the game.
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“So Solskjaer will have to come up with a playing style of his team where Cristiano can still flourish and the team can still put their opponent under pressure.
“Cristiano has come back and scored some important goals. But his presence in the team requires a different way of thinking tactically.
“Normally, you would expect that the striker is the first man to chase the defenders of the opposition. He will run from one defender to the other.
“But the team has lost its orientation. They are not in their confident structure now Ronaldo is up front.”
Blind, who is now assistant coach to former United boss Louis van Gaal with the Netherlands, questioned Solskjaer’s credentials as a manager.
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“Yes, he was champions in Norway. But that is a different level,” he said. “I know why he gets more time than other coaches, he is a child of the club.
“He scored that legendary goal in 1999 which helped them win the Champions League.
“But all that is not enough for what is being produced right now.”
But he does not believe it is the right time for United to make a change, saying: “Whatever you think of Solskjaer as a manager, this is not the moment to change.
“They are not way behind in the Premier League. But they have lost more games than you would expect.”
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