The former African Footballer of the Year questioned the contribution of Ronaldo to the United team in defence, despite the Portugal International scoring 9 goals in 12 appearances this season.
Manchester United’s last game before the International break was a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, and Ikpeba wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Ronaldo on the bench.
“The great managers come from the ability to get the best from your players, but if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not getting the best from these players, I feel some of the Manchester United players up front are very lazy,” Victor Ikpeba told SuperSport’s Monday Night Football.
“I want us to look at the game against Man City, how Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva pressed. They did not allow the defenders to start the build-up from the defence, why can’t Man Utd players do the same?
“We saw what Crystal Palace did to Manchester City, they defended very well. I always say Ronaldo is minus one for Manchester United. He can score beautiful goals, he cannot defend.
When you look at the opposition, they defend as a team, they attack as a team, they know when to play the pressing game. Solskjaer has to be ruthless. I want to say put Ronaldo on the bench when he is not performing well,” he added.