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Guardiola’s Ronaldo transfer decision vindicated ahead of Liverpool clash

Manchester City face Liverpool in the Premier League today with both sides vying for the title while Pep Guardiola nearly pulled off an audacious transfer in the summer

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Pep Guardiola’s decision to not sign Cristiano Ronaldo is looking better by the day.

It comes as Manchester City go into their titanic Premier League clash with Liverpool confident that their system can land a telling blow in the title race.

Manchester United, on the other hand, failed to beat Everton at Old Trafford and much was laid at Ronaldo’s feet.

Prior to half-time, the Red Devils were looking in fine form with Edinson Cavani leading the line ahead of Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial.

And it was the Frenchman to break the deadlock but Cavani was hooked before playing an hour for Ronaldo.



Cristiano Ronaldo struggled against Everton for United




For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, having the services of two of the best forwards in the world is a fine luxury but his tactics are yet to match up with their talents.

Because when Ronaldo entered the fray, United lost their control and just minutes later the Toffees equalised through Andros Townsend.

The home side had no reply and it was Everton who ramped up their efforts with the momentum completely swinging the other way with many remarking that Ronaldo’s lack of build-up play hurt United.









At the Etihad, that would simply not be allowed – shedding more light on their failed transfer for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the summer.

Prior to his sensational return to United, Ronaldo was heavily linked with a move to City but their reluctance to fork out a transfer fee allowed their Manchester rivals to steal in for the 36-year-old.

To set the record straight, the Portugal international has been sensational – scoring five times already including a late winner against Villarreal in the Champions League.



Manchester City were interested in Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer
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That is the good side to his game but the not-so-good would only be exacerbated at City where Guardiola demands fluidity in his attack.

There have been occasions when it has not worked for the Catalan coach, including a 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain and a 0-0 to Southampton, where Ronaldo’s prowess might have made the difference.

But when it does, it is a thing of beauty to watch his City side in rampant mood – would that be the case if the former Juventus star was in the side?

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Against Liverpool, Guardiola knows every single player on the pitch must run their heart out to even try to match their rival’s intensity.

That means the forwards, who must relentlessly press until the last second and something that the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez are known for.

Ronaldo, on the other hand, is not – he does not press defenders and acts more as the finale of a counter-attack or well-worked move.

Whatever happens this afternoon, Guardiola can feel fairly vindicated by his decision to not pursue a transfer for the veteran forward.


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