There are lots of players who have a creative side to them but Ronaldo is a player who can create from scratch. His passing ability is sublime along with his vision is one of the factors that won United the season. It seems like he has a third eye and the only other player who as good as Ronaldo in terms of creativity is Barcelona’s Leo Messi.
His speed causes problems for defenders and his speed off the ball is just amazing. Ronaldo goal in the CL final last year when he made a brilliant run in to the box and headed powerfully past Cech. Ronaldo’s explosiveness and direct running from wide positions is key for United, but when he plays as forward he is not as affective. He can destroy teams on the counter in a blink of an eye.
His finishing is great, his ability to shoot from just about anywhere is even more greater. Scoring 42 goals last season shows you he is the deadly force in the world of football and can stun keepers easily. From superb free kicks to magical backheeling Ronaldo has all the ingredients to succeed.
Being able to header is what can win matches and Ronaldo can. He scored eight goals last season and for a flair player it is very rare. He is 6’2″ which is the perfect height to win the ball in the air.
5. Age and Success
Ronaldo is just 23 years old which is a really important factor. At such a young age to be branded ‘the best player in the world’ is an achievement in itself but to actually win the award is bigger. Success such as winning the Premier League twice, the Champions League, European finalist and Portugal vice-captain to name but a few.
He has improved his teamwork vastly since he first arrived at Old Trafford and creates formidable partnerships with Wayne Rooney. Some people will say that the Portugese star is too selfish but he can actually work with anyone. He created nine assists last season which shows he is a team player.
His improvisation is one of the magical things about him. Remember the backheel he scored against Aston Villa last season? Or the free kick against Portsmouth? His tricks with the ball are just amazing to watch how he can easily confuse a defender.
The lad has a lot of confidence and self belief which is important to every footballer on the planet. Cesc fabregas says ‘Football is nearly 80 percent in your mind. You can have the talent but if you don’t have the head you will go no where’. Exactly.
And that’s why folks I think Cristiano Ronaldo Is Best In The World.
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One of the minnows in the cup, you would have never expected a team like Aalborg to lead a group which contains the Champions Man Utd, Villareal and Celtic. Yes even though just one game has been played but they could still cause a upset to Group E, which endured a slow start as no goals were scored on the opening day. United’s next opponent is Aalborg BK who qualified as they were the Superliga winners (Danish Domestic League). Man Utd should not underestimate them after a battling draw away to Celtic with ten men down for the last tem minutes of the game . United will have to travel to Denmark and they tend to fail away from home. Aalborg will look to for third place which will give them a Uefa Cup space. They are managed by former Arsenal and Bolton manager Bruce Rioch.
Aalborg threats and tactics
Midfielder Thomas Augustinussen who captains the side. Thomas used to play as striker and he is very tall which could cause problems in the air. Andreas Johanssen who had a poor spell at Wigan, though since coming to Denmark has caused problems for numerous defences and can create chances easily. Keeper Zaza had a superb performance between the posts against Celtic so he will now have to be prepared for an even tougher challenge.Striker Marek Saganowski will be another United will try to keep tabs on. Marek is currently on loan from Southampton. They played 4-5-1 with Saganowski up front alone and are expected to do the same on Tuesday. They will be likely to play defensive with most players behind the ball.
Man Utd won their second game of the season against a determined Bolton who stuck to their game plan and made United fight hard.
Carlos Tevez and Berbatov did not get enough freedom as Bolton defended in numbers. Ronaldo, though showed why United missed him as his tireless runs caused problems for the defence. He scored the penalty and brilliantly assisted Rooney with a backflick. Bolton had less shirts back when they were a goal down and Rooney took advantage as he made a good run and when Evra found Ronaldo, Ronaldo flicked it back to Rooney who was in a good position, he turned and curled in the second. Sub Rooney did also seem to combine well with Berbatov when he came on.
|Manchester United||Team Statistics||Bolton Wanderers|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|13||Shots on Target||2|
|10||Shots off Target||4|
Man Utd 2-0 Bolton
United climbed into the top half of the Premier League after beating Bolton 2-0 at Old Trafford.
But referee Rob Styles made a poor decision after awarding United a controversial penalty. Styles could not have been in a better view as Ronaldo grounded from a Samuel tackle which replays show he got the ball cleanly. Ronaldo easily tucking in to give United a lead.
But United dominated throughout the game though Bolton did have good chances at the start of both halves. Ronaldo and Park both hitting the post. They had a remarkable 81% possession in the first half. Sub Wayne Rooney scored Man Utd’s second after a superb Ronaldo backheel and Rooney then turned the defender and curled in the winner. Evidently Bolton were still left reeling from the penalty decision and never looked like coming back as United ran out comfortable winners.
United boss Ferguson decided to rotate his side ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League tie away to Aalborg by leaving the likes of Rooney, Nani, Giggs and Scholes on the bench.
Man Utd: Van der Sar (7) Neville (7) Ferdinand (8) Vidic (6) Evra (8) Ronaldo* (8) Fletcher (7) Anderson (6) Park (6) Tevez (6) Berbatov (7)
Subs: Rooney (8) Nani (7) Scholes (6)
Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Andrew O’Brien, Samuel, Davies, Nolan, McCann, Muamba, Gardner, Elmander.
Referee: Rob Styles (4)
Nemanja Vidic is back from suspension and keeper Edwin van der Sar is back from a knee problem and will replace Tomas Kuszcak, who has been sidelined because of a groin injury.
Sir Alex has also said Tevez will start after being on the bench two games in a row.
Youth keeper Ben Amos who made his debut in United’s Carling Cup win over Middlesbro has also been named in the squad and is likely to be a sub.
Bolton defender Gary Cahill will to after suspension and Johan Elmander is also likely to start after recovering from a hamstring injury. Matt Taylor is out with a broken toe.
Man Utd Likely Line-up (4-4-2)
Van Der Sar
Brown – Vidic – Ferdinand(c) – Evra
Ronaldo – Fletcher – Scholes -Park
Rooney – Tevez
Bolton Likely Line-up (4-4-2)
Steinsson – Shittu – Cahill -Samuel
Mccann – Smolarek – Muamba -Nolan
Elmander – Davies
Man Utd Key Player- Cristiano Ronaldo: All eyes will be on the portugese winger. Having recovered after missing a month of action, Ronaldo capped his first start of the season against Boro in the carling cup with a goal. The PFA Player of the Years cored a staggering 42 goals last season. It was his goalscoring and creativity that led to United second title in a row. It will be interesting to seehow he plays considering all publicised speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.
Bolton Strong Link- Kevin Davies: Davies is quite underrated as the englishman has been Bolton’s most consistent player over the last few seasons. His ability to score goals and create will be Bolton’s key factor. Definitely.
Bolton Weak Link- Passing: Bolton’s weak link is passing the ball which is a real problem. They showed against Arsenal last week how sloppy they were with a passing success rate of just 67.6. There possesion in that game was just a measly 30%.
Prediction: United 4-1 Bolton
This should be the match that kicks off United’s season, and their passing will be a the main problem for Bolton. United will just blow them away on the counter.
Gary Neville, 33. Paul Scholes, 33. Ryan Giggs, 34. Edwin Van Der Sar 37
I’ll think you will agree that the trio best days have passed them. All their career they have played for United but players such as Nani, Park, Anderson and Brown have took regular positions it may be time to call it a day. The trio though give something really valuable to the team and that’s experience. They have won numerous Premier League medals, Fa Cup’s, 2 Champions League trophy’s and a few more.
The experience of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and another veteran Edwin Van Der Sar were key assets in United winning the prestigious double last season. Giggs scored United’s last goal of the season to seal the Premier League title while Scholes 30 yard winner against Barcelona in the semi final that led United to the final in the Champions League. Van Der Sar even saved Anelka’s penaly to seal United first win in the Champions League since 1999. But you can tell they are not the same players which we used to know.
But evidently Neville is not who he used to be. He lacks pace and bravery evident from games against Zenit, Villareal and Chelsea. He is second choice to Wes Brown and will be likely to be used as a backup.
Paul Scholes is another one who’s tackling has gotten more worse than it has better, and his quality assets such as vision and accurate passing are fading. He even has pressure for first team football as pressure from Hargreaves, Carrick, Fletcher and Anderson means his place is not guaranteed.
Ryan Giggs is now second choice as Nani is now the number one winger for Sir Alex. He has also lost his pace and is not the same Giggs who was United’s key talisman. His role now is a impact substitute.