Cristiano Ronaldo has been criticized for not working as hard as his Manchester United colleagues this season and new Premier League data shows how they all compare
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The employment rates of Manchester United’s five main strikers have been revealed… and that’s not good news for Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to the data compiled by Sky Sports in advance United’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday, the Portuguese icon had the lowest employment rate among their top men.
Ronaldo made just 0.3 tackles, two rebounds and 16.1 sprints every 90 minutes for Premier League this season. He only covers an average of 9.3 km per game.
United’s most tireless striker is a young player Anthony Elanga, who travels 11.7 km per match. He makes one tackle, 4.3 rebounds and 28.7 sprints every 90 minutes.
The 19-year-old’s energy was evident on Tuesday, when he eliminated Brighton defender Lewis Dunk and forced him to foul a red card.
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Edinson Cavani’s stats are also impressive. He makes 0.6 tackles, 2.7 rebounds and 13 sprints per league game – covering 11.6 km.
Meanwhile, Jadon Sancho makes 0.5 tackles, 4.8 recoveries and 21.9 sprints every 90 minutes – covering 10.8km.
Last but not least, Marcus Rashford makes 0.4 tackles, 3.4 tackles and 20.7 sprints per game – within 9.9km.
Speaking after United’s draw last Southampton last weekend, club legend Paul Scholes urges Rangnick players to work harder for cause.
“From what I see, I don’t think they’re working hard enough to stop the other team from playing,” the former midfielder said.
“You look at the team standings and there’s a lot of talent on that team. You can name every single one of them. But even with talent, you have to work hard.
“I feel sorry for the manager because he’s clearly trying his best to form his team. And they either don’t listen and can’t or don’t want to do it.
“We don’t know what’s happening on the training ground, we don’t know the attitude of the players. They don’t follow instructions – or they don’t want to.”
Responding to Scholes’ criticism, Rangnick said: “The question is not how much we run.
“It’s about how we can become leaner, more aggressive – and even more annoying when we’re ahead.
“I know what Paul Scholes said – and I don’t think the players don’t want to run. But it’s about the type of player we have and the way they want to play.
“Our team has never been a force to be reckoned with and to change those habits a few weeks into pre-season doesn’t happen like that.
Every 90 minutes in the Premier League this season (source: Sky Sports)
Anthony Elanga: 11.7km, 1.0 tackles, 4.3 rebounds, 28.7 sprints
Edinson Cavani: 11.6km distance, 0.6 tackles, 2.7 rebounds, 13.0 sprints
Jadon Sancho: 10.8km, 0.5 tackles, 4.8 recoveries, 21.9 sprints
Marcus Rashford: 9.9km distance, 0.4 tackles, 3.4 recoveries, 20.7 sprints
Cristiano Ronaldo: Distance 9.3 km, 0.3 tackles, 2.0 rebounds, 16.1 sprints
“But no one should believe that the players don’t care or enjoy experiencing things like today.
“They weren’t happy to give away points – and it was the third game where we were 1-0 or 2-0 and we didn’t take all the points.”
Ronaldo’s work rate has been a highlight throughout the season, with retired midfielder Jamie O’Hara suggesting teammates need to work harder to facilitate him.
“Sometimes you have players by your side who you allow not to work hard,” said O’Hara. talkSPORT.
“You have guys in midfield running around and making difficult pitches, but you have to have a player who will help you win games – that’s what Ronaldo does.
“He stepped up in the key moments and scored. He scored a great goal tonight and they have to keep him.”
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