you'd think i'm crazy but i'm not the happiest person right now, even though united just won a crucial game against arsenal, that too with a 2-0 scoreline.reason? ronaldo's showing.no, he didn't make any glaring mistakes or disappear from the game, but i was expecting so much more from him yesterday.while i admit to day dreaming about ronaldo scoring a hattrick, i'm not upset that that didnt materialise...i just hoped his brilliance showed through more, when a larger audience than usual was watching the game. what happened to 'big game player' ronaldo? i recall him being truly impressive in two big games this season: cheslea at OT and carling cup final.he needs to step up his performance in more important games, go out of his way to make an even bigger impact.that's how he's going to shut his critics...i take criticism of ronaldo quite personally and it frustrates me when he doesn't help his cause by not doing what he does best.i just want him to do well damn it.
now to the game.i was expecting ronaldo to have a field day against flamini but every time he charged down the wing, he was closed down by gilberto/sanderos, along with flamini, and that reduced his effectiveness in beating his marker and crossing into the box to some extent.he also seemed to play a smaller role in attack yesterday, i remember ruud, rooney and giggs/park surging forward on one or two occasions and ronaldo wasn't on the screen because he was still in midfield.
ronaldo played in the centre for a few minutes in the first half and i found myself pleading him to move out wide and use his pace to run at flamini.i don't know if it was for tactical reasons but ronaldo seemed to avoid going forward, opting instead to feed the ball to neville who was in a more advanced position than ronaldo on many occasions.anyway, ronaldo did make some important interceptions and worked well and ran hard to keep the ball in play several times.if i remember correctly, park's goal happened because ronaldo ran back several yards on the right wing to keep the ball in the field and then fed it to neville who passed to rooney and the latter set up park's goal.
it would be wrong to say ronaldo had a bad game and i don't want anyone to get that impression from my entry, but i think my lack of satisfaction with ronaldo's performance has to do with my high expectations before the game.i don't think i'm wrong to expect great things from him because he is capable of them.he was a pressure reliever of sorts yesterday, the team would give the ball to him and wait for him to attract the defenders and this would take some of the pressure off them...i would've preferred seeing him involved more in attacking though.oh well, there's still the chelsea game.
p.s. i thought ronaldo was going to be presented with his pfa award before the game? all i saw was rooney with his barclay's award.
April 10, 2006 11:59 PM PDT
Well... What can I say. I too was expecting A 10/10 performance from Ronaldo. His stepovers didn't come off and were not effective, and too be honest the looked slow and he did them at the wrong times. I must say I liked hiw work effort yesterday, and he didn't have a poor game, he just had a quiet gaem which allowed Rooney, who deserves MOTM, to shine. And im really nervous because I live to watch Ronaldo play and I think he might just be rested on Friday. But overall he was dissapointing by his own standards but had a good TEAM performance. Is it just me or does he look off the pace?
April 11, 2006 12:08 AM PDT
yeah he did look a little slow on sunday.normally, he's faster than most defenders even with the ball, but i don't recall him out-running any arsenal player in that match.you're right about the tricks too.believe it or not, i was starting to get a little impatient when he started doing those stepovers.it just wasn't his day.
April 11, 2006 04:10 PM PDT
i can't really comment much about his game since i kind of fell asleep during the match.. i did hear that he almost got on the scoresheet towards the end of the match... One thing that i am going to say which has nothing to do with his football is.... his hair. Not that i have such wonderful hair but...what was he thinking? :) Bring back the mohawk!
April 11, 2006 06:26 PM PDT
i actually love his new clean cut look even though it's not very original (tim cahill sports the same hair style)...makes him look a lot younger than his 21 years but i think he looks cute.while his euro mullet wasn't bad, it came out looking different every match since his hair is naturally curly.this one looks much easier to maintain.
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