Rio Ferdinand insists Cristiano Ronaldo can punish Premier League sides’ poor defending from crosses

Rio Ferdinand insists Cristiano Ronaldo can punish Premier League sides’ poor defending from crosses


‘Get it in there – he’ll rating!’: Rio Ferdinand tells Manchester United to cross the ball in at each alternative to get essentially the most out of Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Cristiano Ronaldo would be the key to any success Man United have this season
  • Rio Ferdinand believes Premier League defenders are poor at stopping crosses
  • Ronaldo has a freakish expertise for hanging within the air and scoring headers  
  • His former United team-mate believes the Portuguese icon can exploit defences 


Rio Ferdinand has fired a warning to Premier League defenders – sharpen up at crosses or Cristiano Ronaldo will punish you.  

The Manchester United No 7 scored twice on his second debut at a roaring Old Trafford on Saturday, although each had been scored along with his ft. 

Ronaldo has loads of weapons at his disposal however that mind-blowing capacity to hold within the air excessive above rival defenders, and with pin-point precision direct a header into the online, is certainly one of his biggest. 

Cristiano Ronaldo is off the mark for Manchester United, scoring a double against Newcastle

Cristiano Ronaldo is off the mark for Manchester United, scoring a double towards Newcastle

Ronaldo's heading ability has made him a huge threat from crosses since his first United spell

Ronaldo’s heading capacity has made him an enormous risk from crosses since his first United spell

Ferdinand has noticed a weak point within the Premier League for getting organised when the ball is swung in, and the previous United centre-back has inspired his previous membership to ‘play to Ronaldo’s strengths.’ 

‘One factor from a Man United viewpoint that they might study from the weekend’s sport – and I’m telling you he would have been in there telling them – is simply cross that ball,’ Ferdinand on his YouTube channel. 

‘(He’ll be saying) if you get the alternatives to cross the ball, you place it in there as a result of I’m aggressive and I need the ball. 

‘It’s nicely documented – and I’ve all the time mentioned this for the previous few years – the defenders in our nation aren’t nice at defending crosses, it’s not an artwork that’s honed anymore.

Rio Ferdinand thinks Premier League defences will not be able to handle the Portuguese icon

Rio Ferdinand thinks Premier League defences will be unable to deal with the Portuguese icon

‘When I used to be a child that was half and parcel of your every day routine – defending crosses, defending the field. I don’t really feel the gamers are doing that sufficient – or pulling the coach and saying “hear boss, I must do a bit extra on crosses.”

‘When I see balls coming into the field in the intervening time – the physique positions, the angles and many others are method off.

‘It ain’t simple – I do know I’ve made loads of errors in that place however I feel Ronaldo can exploit a number of the naive defending in the intervening time within the PL. 

‘They ought to play to their gamers’ strengths – and Cristiano, he assaults higher than anybody.’ 

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