Man Utd news: Danny Blind claims Ronaldo is disrupting the team’s ‘pattern’


Ronaldo has scored five goals since his return to the club

Ronaldo has scored five goals since his return to the club (Picture: Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘only thinks about goals’ and isn’t allowing Manchester United to play ‘in their familiar pattern’, according to Dutch legend Danny Blind.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner completed a dramatic return to United in August and has kept up his fine goalscoring record at the club, netting five goals in six games across all competitions this season.

Ronaldo scored a last-gasp winner against Villarreal last week, but found himself starting on the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton, only coming on as a substitute shortly before the hour mark.

Solskjaer's side have won two of their last six games

Solskjaer’s side have won two of their last six games (Picture: Getty Images)

The 36-year-old stormed straight down the tunnel after the full-time whistle went at Old Trafford – visibly frustrated.

While he has certainly contributed from a goalscoring perspective, Blind feels that his lack of defensive work in terms of pressing is a hindrance to the team.

‘Ronaldo doesn’t really need to play an active role,’ the former Netherlands head coach told Sportnieuws.

‘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. Now, they are not playing in their familiar pattern.

‘When the ball was deflected, 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.’

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