Manchester United caretaker Michael Carrick says it’s a “myth” that Cristiano Ronaldo can’t play in a team that puts pressure on.
Ronaldo’s role at Old Trafford came under scrutiny after the appointment of interim manager Ralph Rangnick, who is best known for his powerful and pressing exercises.
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Ronaldo’s stats this season and last season at Juventus suggest he doesn’t shut down defenders much, but Carrick insists the 36-year-old will be able to adapt to Rangnick’s demands.
“It may be a legend,” Carrick said at a news conference on Wednesday. “Maybe it is. He has played in enough teams over the years and succeeded in playing in a variety of ways and kept scoring goals for every team. I am sure he will continue to score goals, there is no doubt about that.”
Rangnick has not yet been able to work with the players due to ongoing issues with obtaining a work visa and Carrick will remain in charge of Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford on Thursday.
This means the team can be set for an intensive training course in Rangnick’s methods once he takes over during a frantic eight-game schedule in 30 days before the end of 2021.
“The players are adapting, there are different skills and styles that you must have,” Carrick added. “We’ve played different styles since we came here. Ralph has had a great history over a long period of time and has done really well with it, so I’m sure the guys are looking forward to the coming days and weeks.”
Carrick is set to stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of the season. He has seen his former England teammates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have a rift in management, but the 40-year-old says he is in no hurry to take on a top job.
“He. She [the caretaker role] It certainly didn’t stop me, no,” he said. But at the same time, I’m not suddenly desperate to be a manager. I’m realistic and the experience certainly helped me out of my initial grief [Gunnar Solskjaer] Leaving, to having to adapt and carry on with the games.
“It was a challenge but I enjoyed it. I’m never sure what roles you might or might not be good at. This is life’s experience. You have to go through it to learn from it. I definitely learned all this week.”