Nigerian former professional footballer, Victor Ikpeba has said football legend, Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘a minus one’ to the Manchester United team.
In August 2021, the legendary footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo was officially transferred to Manchester United from Juventus following the expiry of his 2-year contract with the Italian club.
However, Ikpeba in an interview with SuperSports has questioned Ronaldo’s contribution to the United team in defence, despite the Portugal International scoring 9 goals in 12 appearances this season.
“The great managers come from the ability to get the best from your players, but if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not getting the best from these players, I feel some of the Manchester United players up front are very lazy.
“I want us to look at the game against Man City, how Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva pressed. They did not allow the defenders to start the build-up from the defence, why can’t Man Utd players do the same?
“We saw what Crystal Palace did to Manchester City, they defended very well. I always say Ronaldo is minus one for Manchester United. He can score beautiful goals, he cannot defend.
“When you look at the opposition, they defend as a team, they attack as a team, they know when to play the pressing game. Solskjaer has to be ruthless. I want to say put Ronaldo on the bench when he is not performing well”. He said.
“Ronaldo is minus one to Manchester United, he cannot defend” — Super Eagles legend, Victor Ikpeba
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