Cristiano Ronaldo has demanded that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes a tactical change in order to get the best out of him.
The Portuguese superstar has scored five goals in five games since he returned to Old Trafford, though the Red Devils have only won three of those matches.
The 36-year-old provided arguably the highlight of his second spell so far on Wednesday night when he scored a 95th minute winner against Villarreal in the Champions League.
But the group stage clash also drew attention to Ronaldo’s increasing frustration that United’s play is not bringing the best out of him, with the attacker having just one shot on target.
Alex Telles has admitted that Ronaldo made those frustrations clear to his team-mates, before he scored the winning goal.
“Five minutes before he was a little upset that we didn’t get any balls to him,” Telles told TNT Sport.
“I said ‘it will arrive, it will arrive, stay concentrated because it will arrive’. And as soon as I went off, Ronaldo doesn’t need much, right? It only took one ball in the box and he gave us the victory.”
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It appears that the winner against Villarreal has done nothing to relieve those tensions though, with ESPN reporting Ronaldo has demanded that Solskjaer make a key tactical change.
The attacker is said to believe that he score more goals if United become “sharper and quicker” when using the ball in their opponent’s half of the pitch.
United’s coaching staff are understood to agree with Ronaldo's assessment, with Solskjaer and his backroom team said to be making it clear to the team's defensive players to get the ball forward much quicker.
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The signing of Raphael Varane is thought to have been a big step towards changing to this tactic, with the Frenchman more inclined to play the ball forward than his fellow defenders.
It is also claimed that work has already begun at United’s Carrington training ground in a bid to improve that area of their game, with Solskjaer looking to make his team more ruthless.
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