EPL: Rio Ferdinand reveals demand Ronaldo will make from Man Utd teammates

Rio Ferdinand


BT Sport pundit, , has said Cristiano would already have spoken to his new Manchester United , to encourage them to the ball into the box more.

Ronaldo scored twice on his second debut at Old Trafford, as United saw off Newcastle 4-1 on Saturday.

But believes the 36--old will not have been entirely , as the wide failed to utilize his aerial ability.

Speaking on his Vibe with FIVE YouTube show, explained: “He can jump, but again it’s about positioning of where he’s going to be to receive the ball.

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“That’s one thing that I would say, not a criticism, but one thing to look at and learn from, from United’s point of view from the weekend’s first game.

“And I’m telling you, he’d have been in there [the dressing room] after and this week saying, ‘Listen, cross that ball! When you get opportunities to cross the ball, you put it in there because I’m aggressive and I want the ball.’

“And he knows, and it’s well documented that I’ve always said this for the last few years, the defenders in this country are not great at defending crosses. It’s not an art that is actually honed anymore.

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“When I was a kid, that was part and parcel of your routine, defending crosses, defending the box. From what I see in , I ’t feel are doing that enough.

“Because when I see balls come in the box at the moment, body and angles etcetera are way off. And it isn’t easy as a defender, I can tell you I’ve made many mistakes in that position. But you’ve got to work at it.

“And I think he [Ronaldo] can exploit some naive defending at the in the League.”


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