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EPL: Put Ronaldo On The Bench… He’s Minus One To Man Utd -Ikpeba Tells Solskjaer

Victor Ikpeba, ex-Nigerian International has come hard on Portuguese football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, describing him as ‘a minus one’ for Manchester United team.

Ikpeba also urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Ronaldo on the bench.

Recall that last Saturday, Manchester United suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the hands of Manchester City, causing the former Nigerian striker to question the tactics deployed by Solskjaer.

Ikpeba, who is also former African Footballer of year, questioned the contribution of Ronaldo to the team despite the Portugal International scoring 9 goals in 12 appearances this term.

Ikpeba blamed United attackers for the defeat to Man City, saying they failed to play a high-pressing game whereas the City players defended as a unit.

The Monaco ex-winger noted that Ronaldo has excellent goal-scoring pedigree but contributes little or nothing to the Red Devils team.

“The great managers come from the ability to get the best from your players, but if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not getting the best from these players, I feel some of the Manchester United players up front are very lazy,” Ikpeba told SuperSport’s Monday Night Football.

“I want us to look at the game against Man City, how Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva pressed. They did not allow the defenders to start the build-up from the defence, why can’t Man Utd players do the same?

“We saw what Crystal Palace did to Manchester City, they defended very well.

“I always say Ronaldo is minus one for Manchester United. He can score beautiful goals, he cannot defend.

“When you look at the opposition, they defend as a team, they attack as a team, they know when to play the pressing game.

“Solskjaer has to be ruthless. I want to say put Ronaldo on the bench when he is not performing well. “

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