Manchester United drew a lot of flak for their poor form in the Premier League before the international break.
Ole's constant use of a double pivoted midfield of Fred and McTominay, which many say does not deliver, is being blamed for that poor run, as is Ole's sticking with a 4-2-3-1 formation, which has been criticized for the majority of his United coaching career. Those are the two public issues, but there could be another factor causing Manchester United to fall short of expectations. Although it may appear ironic, Ronaldo's arrival at Manchester United may have sent some Manchester United players back to their comfort zone. This could be explained by Leonardo Bonucci's revelation to the Athletic about the Ronaldo effect at Juventus. Here is what he said: "Cristiano's presence had a big influence on us. Just training with him gave us something extra, but subconsciously, players started to think his presence alone was enough to win games."
"We began to fall a little short in our daily work, the humility, the sacrifice, the desire to be there for your teammate day after day. Over the last few years, I think you could see that. Maybe it was taken for granted that if we gave the ball to Cristiano he'd win us the game. Maybe it was taken for granted that if we gave the ball to Cristiano he'd win us the game."
Christiano Ronaldo has clearly been the one fighting for the win ever since he joined Ole Gunnar's team. Manchester United would have drawn the UEFA Champions League match against Villarreal if it hadn't been for Ronaldo's last-minute brilliance.
Ole may have a few issues with his formation, but he also has to be concerned about his players not getting into a comfort zone just because Ronaldo is there to take on the opposition with his brilliance.
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