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Paul Ince Exclusive: Ronaldo Needs More Chances In The League

Paul Ince Exclusive: Ronaldo Needs More Chances In The League

Cristiano Ronaldo has been flying in Europe – but Manchester United have struggled to create chances for the Portuguese great domestically, according to Paul Ince. The Red Devils’ No7 has scored in every Champions League group stage game, but has only found the back of the net once in the Premier League since September. And former United star Ince puts this down to the contrasting styles needed in the different competitions.



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Ronaldo Needs More Chances

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “The Premier League is massive but it is different to European football, you get a lot more space in Europe. 

“Teams are more technical, it’s not so quick, it’s not as intense – I think that’s why he gets chances, but listen, he got chances at Real Madrid, he got chances at Juventus. 

“He’s not had enough chances to show what he can do in the last few games in the Premier League and that’s down to the way the team has set up. 

“If you look at Liverpool, every week (Mohamed) Salah’s getting three chances, (Diogo) Jota’s getting chances. 

“Chelsea is exactly the same, all these teams are creating lots of chances for your money men and Man United are not doing that, that’s something they’ve never really got to grips with.”

Goals Need To Be Spread

The Old Trafford outfit have struggled to share the goals around this season – something that Ince suggests is crucial to any title charge.

“Man United can’t find goals from other departments in the team. You look at Chelsea, they’ve got Reece James scoring goals, Ben Chilwell scoring goals, Antonio Rudiger popping up,” he explained.

“Chelsea are scoring goals from all over the pitch, that’s what United had in 1992-93 when we won the title, players scored from all over the pitch. 

“Fred doesn’t score, Scott McTominay doesn’t score, Bruno Fernandes has gone off the boil, he’s stopped scoring, so where are the goals going to come from? 

“They can only come from one man – that’s Ronaldo. If he’s not playing then you kind of think to yourself ‘who’s going to score the goals’, so that’s why he has to play.”




More Goals With Rivals

Ince, who made 281 appearances for United across a six year spell, believes Ronaldo would be lighting up the goalscoring charts if he was with a rival side in England’s top tier.

“If he was playing for City or Liverpool, think of the number of chances he would have and the goals he would have scored,” he said. 

“That’s the difference – Liverpool, Chelsea, and City are well-oiled machines and the players all know what they’re doing. Looking at the performances (against the top teams) we (Manchester United) have got a long, long way to go.

“I’m not going to get hoodwinked by the result against Chelsea. I think it helps the players to build confidence and I think it’s a nice way for the new manager to come in. 

“All you need to do is look at the last two or three minutes when we’re running the ball into the corner, time wasting, happy to get a draw against Chelsea – that shows me where they are as a team and as a mindset.”

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