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Carrick Finally Responds To Ronaldo ‘Can’t Press’ Claims, Says Why He Benched Him vs Chelsea

When asked about whether Cristiano Ronaldo could have major problems playing under a high-pressing team, Michael Carrick said: “You just said it is myth. Maybe it is a myth.

“Maybe that is how it is, he’s played in enough teams over the years being successful to play in a variety of ways and kept scoring goals for every team.

“I’m sure he will continue to score goals, there is no doubt about that.”

He also spoke about the decision to rest Ronaldo at the weekend against Chelsea, adding: “There are a lot of things you have to take into consideration when you make a decision on picking a team. Some players bring things to the table, other players bring other things to the table.

“You have fitness, tiredness, freshness, there’s tactics, there’s personality and character within that. It seems like it is a big decision but really, between us and me personally, it wasn’t.”

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“You can ask Cristiano — the way he responded was perfection really. Around the dressing room he was incredible, he supported the players.

“I went in to do my half-time team talk and he was warming up 10 minutes in advance ready to come on in the second half. I think a lot can be made of it and spinning it in a negative way but behind the scenes and the reality is very different.”

Ronaldo has recorded low pressing stats at United this season, but knowing his experience, he’ll probably be one of the first players picked by Ralf Rangnick.

The Portuguese forward is likely to get back to the starting lineup against Arsenal and will hope to get back to scoring goals.

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