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‘He’s a passenger’ – Thierry Henry and Jamie Carragher slam Man Utd for Cristiano Ronaldo strategy

THIERRY Henry and Jamie Carragher have said that Cristiano Ronaldo could be a ‘massive problem’ for the next Manchester United manager if he does not continue to score goals for the club. Ronaldo has made 15 appearances for United so far this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting two since returning to the club in […] ...

THIERRY Henry and Jamie Carragher have said that Cristiano Ronaldo could be a ‘massive problem’ for the next Manchester United manager if he does not continue to score goals for the club.

Ronaldo has made 15 appearances for United so far this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting two since returning to the club in the summer.

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Ronaldo broke the deadlock on Tuesday as he put United 1-0 up against Villareal[/caption]

He was on the scoresheet once again as the reds defeated Villarreal 2-0 on Tuesday.

Speaking on CBS Sports after the game, Carragher said: “How can a club the size of Manchester United still rely on a guy who’s nearly 37?

“He was unbelievable, his goal record is unbelievable, but if he doesn’t score he is a passenger in the game.

“You have to accept that, that’s a fact.

“But he scores nearly every game so at the moment you can accept it.

“If Cristiano Ronaldo went four or five games without scoring, that’s a massive problem for Manchester United.”

Henry added:  “I totally agree, but the problem is when your poison is your medicine you will struggle.


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“You watch the game [against Villarreal], at the end Ronaldo saves them, but when they play they are exposed sometimes because they don’t defend as a unit.

“And we all know if you don’t do that you cannot win games.

“We’re talking about winning the Champions League and winning the title in England, not finishing second, third, fourth and going to the quarter-finals and semi-finals.”

Carragher also criticised United’s organisation, saying: “Look at Manchester United’s defensive record this season.

“I’m not just saying that’s down to Ronaldo, that’s the whole team, their organisation is all over the place.

“If you haven’t got 11 men fighting for each other, intense, working like we see the other top teams do, you’ve got a massive problem and it’s a knock-on effect right through the team.”

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri recently dismissed claims suggesting that Ronaldo is a difficult player to manage.

When asked about the issue, he said: “Give me Cristiano, please. It’s no problem.”

Ranieri’s Watford defeated Manchester United 4-1 at Vicarage Road last weekend.

The fixture marked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game in charge of the Red Devils before he was sacked on Sunday morning.

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