Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Manchester United caretaker Michael Carrick says it is a “myth” that Cristiano Ronaldo can not play on an urgent team.

Ronaldo’s role at Old Trafford has been under scrutiny following the appointment of interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who has a reputation for training an intense, urgent style.

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Ronaldo statistics this season and last season at Juventus suggest he does not shut down defenders very often, but Carrick insists the 36-year-old will be able to adapt to Rangnick’s requirements.

“Maybe it’s a myth,” Carrick told a news conference Wednesday. “Maybe that’s the way it is. He’s played in enough teams over the years with success to play in a variety of ways and kept scoring goals for each team. I’m sure he will continue to score. goals, there is no doubt about that. “

Rangnick has yet to be able to work with the players due to ongoing problems getting a work visa, and Carrick will remain in charge of Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford on Thursday.

This means that the squad can be put on a crash course in Rangnick’s methods when he takes over during a hectic program of eight matches in 30 days before the end of 2021.

“Players adapt, there are different skills and styles you have to have,” Carrick added. “We’ve been playing different styles since we came here. Ralf has a fantastic pedigree over a long period of time and had good success with it, so I’m sure the players are looking forward to the days and weeks to come.”

Carrick is set to stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of the season. He has seen former English team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have a crack in the lead, but the 40-year-old says he is not in a hurry to take a top job.

“That [the caretaker role] has certainly not deterred me, no, “he said.” But at the same time, I’m not suddenly desperate to become a manager. I am realistic and the experience has definitely helped me from Ole’s downturns and sadness [Gunnar Solskjaer] leaving, to have to adapt and get through the games.

“It’s been a challenge, but one I’ve enjoyed. You’re never sure what roles you can be good at or not good at. It’s life experience. You have to go through it to learn from it. I’ve certainly learned in during this week. “


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