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Ince wants Cristiano Ronaldo to be exempt from Ralf Rangnick's Man Utd philosophy

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Ince believes Ronaldo should be exempt from Rangnick's philosophy
Ince believes Ronaldo should be exempt from Rangnick's philosophy / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Manchester United legend Paul Ince has joined the discussion on whether Cristiano Ronaldo can adapt to Ralf Rangnick's high pressing style of play at Old Trafford.

Ince believes Ronaldo can definitely succeed with Rangnick but pointed out that the Portuguese should be exempt in some demands that the coach asks of their players.

Speaking to Mirror Football, Ince said, "Listen, let's put this right. Ronaldo is one of the greatest players to grace a football pitch and if it wasn't for him Man United wouldn't be where they are in the table or in the Champions League. He's been the main man, he's scored the important goals. We need to get away from this 'Ronaldo pressing here, Ronaldo pressing there.

"You want him to be fresh, he is the main man and the one scoring goals. With Cavani out, they are struggling to score goals so they need that. You need to keep him fit.

"Yes, Rangnick has a pressing philosophy that he's used wherever he has been. But he now has thebest player in the world. Ronaldo doesn't want to spend 90 minutes pressing. They need to find a solution where they press as a team and when they win it, they get it to Ronaldo's feet and let him do what he wants to do."

Analysing the pressing in the game against Crystal Palace, Ince said, "What Rangnick has done, he's made the team compact so when they are pressing, they've put some alongside Ronaldo like Rashford. Ronaldo can press five, ten yards. He's not asking Ronaldo to press 20, 30 yards.

"What you saw at the weekend is he could do that. As long as the team is compact and press together then that will suit Ronaldo.", Ince concluded.

One thing is for sure, there has definitely been a change in how Ronaldo is approaching games since Rangnick took over.