Damning Cristiano Ronaldo stat shows possible worry about Man Utd star

A surprising stat has emerged which shows Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo may have a weakness after all.

Ronaldo has made a roaring start to his second spell at United, with his last-gasp winner against Villarreal in midweek making it five goals in as many games since he joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

It is just the kind of impact that was expected of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who returned to Old Trafford this summer having established himself as the game's greatest goalscorer.

But new data appears to show there is one stat in which he is underperforming against many of his fellow attacking players.

Ronaldo is bottom of the Premier League charts for pressures made by a forward in top-flight games this season, according to information from Statsbomb via FBref.

The data, reported by The Athletic, shows the number of pressures per 90 minutes by all forwards who have played 270 minutes or more in England's top division this season.

And Ronaldo is at the bottom of the list, with 28 other players in the same position ahead of him.

While he continues to defy father time in every other aspect of his game, the 36-year-old is perhaps showing his age in this respect, with just 2.7 pressures per 90.

That's just over half of what Allan Saint-Maximin has achieved so far this season, with the Newcastle forward's 5.2 pressures placing him one place ahead of Ronaldo.

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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha and Brighton's Neal Maupay top the list with 20 apiece, while it's no surprise to see a Liverpool forward next on the list with Diogo Jota on 19.8.

Lucas Moura of Tottenham is next with 18.8, closely followed by Aston Villa's summer signing Danny Ings (18.6), Patrick Bamford of Leeds (18.5), and Man City's Gabriel Jesus (17.8).

Teemu Pukki shows that age doesn't have to be a barrier to pressing, with the Norwich striker eighth on 17.6 per 90 minutes, while Brentford duo Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo round off the top 10 on 17 and 15.3 respectively.

The likes of Villa's Ashley Barnes, Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane and Leicester's Jamie Vardy feature in the remainder of the list, with Mason Greenwood United's top-pressing forward on 9.6 per 90 minutes.

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Ronaldo might not lose any sleep over the stats, however.

United are currently in the Premier League's top four thanks to his goals, and will go top if they beat Everton in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off – while he kept their Champions League bid on track with his injury-time winner against Villarreal.

"We know his quality, we see it on a daily basis," said his team-mate Alex Telles after the game. "So it only took one ball in the box and he gave us the victory. It’s a dream."

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