Ralf Rangnick is already under fire after just six games as Manchester United’s interim coach. Now Cristiano Ronaldo spoke.
The 63-year-old’s balance sheet is actually quite impressive. The ex-Salzburg coach scored ten points in five league games and reached the fourth round of the FA Cup. Nevertheless, critical voices have recently increased.
Especially within the team. Eleven players – including stars like Anthony Martial, Donny van de Beek and Jesse Lingard – the “Red Devils” want to leave in January at all costs. They are also said to have criticized the former cop mastermind’s way of playing. According to English media reports, the mood in the cabin is at its lowest point.
Ronaldo strengthens Rangnick
Meanwhile, superstar Ronaldo supported the German coach. “Since he has been here, he has changed a lot of things. It takes time to pass his ideas on to the players,” said the 2016 European champion on “Sky Sports”. And added: “I think he will do a good job. We know ourselves that we are not playing at our best level, but we still have a lot of games to improve.”
Rangnick is considered to be the developer of pressing football, for which both Salzburg and Leipzig are known. Ronaldo now also seems to be convinced of the German’s idea, so he appealed to his teammates. “What I can say is that we can do better. All of us. I’m here to try to win.”
That is why Ronaldo gave a clear goal, which seems to be taken up for the currently seventh-placed “Red Devils”. “I don’t accept that our aspirations should be lower than being in the top three. I think you have to destroy some things sometimes to build something good.”