Benching Cristiano Ronaldo Against Burnley Purely Tactical, Explains Ralf Ralgnick

Benching Cristiano Ronaldo Against Burnley Purely Tactical, Explains Ralf Ralgnick

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped for Manchester United's clash with Burnley on Tuesday as manager Ralf Rangnick said the game will require a lot of sprinting
  • Rangnick opted to turn to Edinson Cavani, who was named to the starting XI ahead of Ronaldo after the Portuguese started and missed a penalty against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has struggled in recent weeks having failed to score in each of his last four matches for Manchester United

Ralf Ragnick has finally revealed the main reason Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped from Manchester United’s starting line-up against Burnley on Tuesday February 8.

Manchester United started with Uruguayan, Edinson Cavani in attack leaving the 37-year-old Ronaldo amongst the substitutes in the Premier League tie.

Benching Cristiano Ronaldo Against Burnley Purely Tactical Explains Ralf Ralgnick
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In a report via Daily Post, Ralf Ragnick explained the decision to bench Ronaldo, saying he believes Cavani fits the gameplan better which requires lots of sprinting.

“Today it will require a lot of sprinting, chasing balls, a lot of fight for second balls. This best fits the profile for Edinson Cavani which is why he starts today."

Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United struggle continues

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to have lost spark lately for Manchester United as the striker is struggling to show signs of his early season form.

Ronaldo who has a total of 14 goals for Manchester United this season, has failed to score in his last five games for the Old Trafford club.

According to Goal, Ronaldo’s cold streak which is his worse goal drought since 2010, was highlighted by his penalty miss against Middlesbrough as Manchester United crashed out of the FA Cup.

Former Portugal coach makes big revelation about Cristiano Ronaldo

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Scolari reveals he has a special relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese lot his dad..

Scolari was coach of the 37-year-old striker between 2003 to 2008 when he managed the Portugal national team and led them to the final of the Euros in 2004.

Scolari revealed he created a special bond with the former Real Madrid and Juventus star after revealing the death of his father when he was coach of Portugal.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..