Modern football requires strict positional discipline and structure to compete properly. Managers like Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel, Jürgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho have mastered this aspect of the modern game.
They use their centre-forwards as a conduit for attacking patterns and also allow them the license to charge in to finish off goalscoring chances. Usually, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's attacking structure revolves around creating one on one situations with opposition defenders.
When this is done, it is left to the Man-United attacker to beat his man and open up space to shoot or lay a pass for an onrushing teammate.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now changed his usual team's attacking shape to the strict positional discipline and structure model to suit his new superstar signing Cristiano Ronaldo. This set-up suits Cristiano Ronaldo's abilities very well as he has the aerial presence, footwork, composure, pace, agility, and clinical finishing to play this role excellently.
But so far, the Portuguese superstar is failing to justify the manager's decision to change the team's attacking shape in his favour. Ronaldo needs to hold his position more often to provide a focal point for smooth combinational play with his fellow attacking players.
But the Portuguese superstar prefers to constantly be on the move which breaks down any chance of retaining the ball successfully in attacking areas of the pitch as his teammates try to look for him without much success.
This was evident during the game against Leicester City. The likes of Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes tried to find Cristiano Ronaldo for layoffs but the Portuguese was either out of position or his body shape wasn't right for a short pass.
This lead to many passes going astray and allowed Leicester City to keep up the pressure on Man-United's defence. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to find a solution to this problem or risk losing more games. He either reverts his tactics to his initial set-up or talk to Ronaldo about holding his position more often.
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