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Man Utd’s tactical problems are down to Cristiano Ronaldo as he forces Paul Pogba to move position, says Jamie Carragher

MANCHESTER UNITED are struggling tactically due to the return of club legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

That’s the view of Jamie Carragher, who says the arrival of the Portuguese legend back at Old Trafford means Paul Pogba is now playing out of position.

Ronaldo made a triumphant return to the Red Devils after 12 years away, but things have recently started to turn sour.

And Sky Sports pundit Carragher believes having the iconic forward in the squad is forcing one of Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s other talents too far down the field.

He said on Monday Night Football: “You can't play five attacking players, you can't.

“Pogba's got to come out of central midfield. He's playing there and it comes back to the Ronaldo signing.

“As soon as Ronaldo comes in, Pogba has to play centre midfield to fit all the players in. I'm not saying (Pogba) should be out the team, but he's not a centre midfield in a United shirt.

“What does Ole do? What's your idea? I don't see it in terms of a plan. If you're going to press, everyone presses. Are they a high pressing team? Not really, not with Ronaldo in the team.


“This (lack of intensity) wouldn't be accepted with a Pep or Klopp or Tuchel team. It's both (a manager and a players problem).”

United saw a run of 29 unbeaten away games brought to a shuddering end against Leicester on Saturday.

The energetic Foxes outplayed their Premier League rivals with a style full of energy and commitment.

The visitors on the other hand looked short on team spirit and Carragher laid the blame firmly at the manager’s feet.

He added: “Ole will not win a league title or a Champions League at Manchester United. Ole hasn't got the experience.

“This team is a good team, a great collection of individuals.

“Manchester United need to have a better manager, they need a manager who can compete with other big teams in the league.”

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