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Ex-Man Utd midfielder Greening: Rangnick must find way to work with Ronaldo

Former Manchester United midfielder Jonathan Greening was surprised by caretaker manager Michael Carrick benching Cristiano Ronaldo for Sunday's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Greening hinted at a potential reason behind that selection choice and warned Ralf Rangnick that he must use the "world-class" talent of CR7.

He told MyBettingSites: “There's usually a reason why players are not in the starting eleven.

"They might have been sloppy or lazy in training or turned up late to a session.

"All these factors come into play so first and foremost he (Rangnick) has to take a good look at the players in training and see what their daily habits are like and assess it from there.

“We all know he wants to play a full press and demands high energy and high intensity, and Ronaldo might not fit that bill.

"But he [Rangnick] may have to find a way to play with him, with the rest of the team pressing around him (and) with Ronaldo not pressing as much."

Greening, who made 27 appearances for United between 1998 and 2001, concluded: "Having a world-class player like him and not using him would be criminal."

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