- Manchester United fans were treated to premium football content as they watched Cristiano Ronaldo make his second debut last weekend
- The forward scored a brace before Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard wrapped the victory up for them
- Former defender Rio Ferdinand reveals that the Red Devils stars must take advantage of Ronaldo's aggressiveness and cross the ball to him whenever they have the chance
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle United at Old Trafford last weekend.
The goals got the forward's second spell started on a blistering form after helping the Red Devils demolish their visitors 4-1 in his first game for them after 12 years.
After analysing the game, Rio Ferdinand said that Ronaldo's teammates must focus on getting the ball across to the 36-year-old anyhow they can in the 18-yard box.
Astonishing thing Ronaldo told Man United teammates before going on to score brace against Newcastle
What Rio Ferdinand said
The former England international was quoted by SunSport while speaking on his YouTube channel, saying:
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“One thing from a Man United point of view that they could learn from the weekend’s game – and I’m telling you he would have been in there telling them - is just cross that ball.
“(He'll be saying) when you get the opportunities to cross the ball, you put it in there because I’m aggressive and I want the ball.
“It’s well documented – and I’ve always said this for the last few years – the defenders in our country aren’t great at defending crosses, it’s not an art that is honed anymore.”
Ferdinand also questioned the veracity of the Premier League defenders, claiming they need to sharpen up to stop corners or Cristiano Ronaldo will punish them.
“When I was a kid that was part and parcel of your daily routine – defending crosses, defending the box.
“I don’t feel the players are doing that enough - or pulling the coach and saying ‘listen boss, I need to do a bit more on crosses.’ When I see balls coming into the box at the moment – the body positions, the angles etc are way off.
“It ain’t easy – I know I’ve made plenty of mistakes in that position but I think Ronaldo can exploit some of the naive defending at the moment in the PL. They should play to their players' strengths – and Cristiano, he attacks better than anyone.”
Ronaldo is expected to lead United's attack when they file out against Swiss side Young Boys in their Champions League encounter on September 14.
What record will Cristiano Ronaldo match today?
Legit.ng earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo could equal Iker Casillas' Champions League record if he features for Manchester United against Young Boys on Tuesday, September 14.
The Red Devils kick-off their campaign to win the European silverware for the first time since 2008 against the Swiss side.
And they are not leaving anything to chance as they travelled with their full squad including the 36-year-old who rejoined them this summer.