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Cristiano Ronaldo blamed for having negative effect on Man United's style of play

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in brilliant form for Manchester United following his return in the summer
Cristiano Ronaldo has been in brilliant form for Manchester United following his return in the summer / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Former Netherlands and Ajax defender, Danny Blind believes that footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo is having a "negative" effect on the Manchester United side because the rest of the United team are no longer in their "familiar pattern".

Ronaldo has been in brilliant form for the Red Devils since returning in the summer, scoring five goals in six appearances so far - though Blind claims that the 36-year-old does not move enough on the pitch to create spaces for his fellow team-mates.

“Ronaldo doesn’t really need to play an active role. Like ‘take your time’. You also see the other players looking at you like, ‘how are we going to solve it then?’ Normally, the striker runs from one central defender to the other. This caused a lot of miscommunication," he said post United's Champions League game last week.

“Now, they are not playing in their familiar pattern. When the ball was deflected [against Villarreal], you saw Paul Pogba coaching that they had to put all the pressure on. Ronaldo did not do that; he is not like that. He only thinks about goals and hopes others will conquer the ball.”

It will be interesting to see whether Ronaldo can lead the Red Devils to a trophy or two come the end of the season.

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