Manchester United

'It's a myth' - Carrick dismisses suggestions that Ronaldo can't press

Arjun Singh Devgan
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United in the summer / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Manchester United's caretaker coach, Michael Carrick has reiterated that it is a "myth" that footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo cannot play in a team that presses as the Portugal icon has played in enough teams during his career.

Ronaldo has come under criticism for his lack of work off the ball and his role in the United team has come under fresh scrutiny following the appointment of Ralf Rangnick as an interim manager, with the German known for his intense, pressing style.

The statistics this season shows that Ronaldo does not press often, but Carrick believes that the 36-year-old will have no problem in adapting to Rangnick's style of play.

"Maybe it is a myth. Maybe that is how it is. He's played in enough teams over the years being successful to play in a variety of ways and kept scoring goals for every team. I'm sure he will continue to score goals, there is no doubt about that," he said at a press conference.

Despite the appointment of Rangnick, Carrick is set to remain in the dugout for the upcoming Arsenal game on Thursday at Old Trafford and he will hope that the Red Devils can build on from their draw to Chelsea last week.

United are currently placed 10th in the Premier League table with 18 points from 13 games, six behind fourth placed, West Ham United in the race for Champions League spots.