You are missing the point which is what is truly 'laughable.' Attacking or defending matters not, the same abilities are being utilized; jumping, timing & positioning. He often clears corners which is only more evidence of his aerial superiority. Goal kicks would be another example. He keeps possession many times by being superior in the air to his defender when challenging to win them. Those skills are universal and are applied to more than merely scoring goals. This is your interpretation, those tricks open up space for him to execute passes and shots. There is more ways to beat a defender than running past them. However, I agree he was more effective at United. He sacrificed some quickness and agility to bulk up as he has. Countless times I've seen him execute a trick on the wing to blow past a defender than send in a cross for example. He doesn't really attempt them as he used to, he's much more direct now but he can still perform tricks with the best of them though. Not just dribbling either, passing as well.