Ralf Rangnick is ready to “adapt” his style to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Interim Manager Ralf Rangnick of Manchester United speaks during a press conference at Old Trafford on December 03, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United was the story of the summer transfer window. However, since then, many have begun to question the five-time Ballon d’Or winner despite scoring 12 goals in 14 starts since returning. United have endured a difficult start to the season, which resulted in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal. This has led to more questions about Ronaldo’s future with the team. Many wonder how he will fit into interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s high pressing style. Although Ralf Rangnick says he is ready to adapt to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rangnick was unveiled as Manchester United’s new manager at a press conference on Friday. The German said it was his responsibility to get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo.

“You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have available, not vice versa. Having seen Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, an amazing top professional. At his age, I’ve never seen a player who is still that physically fit. He’s still a player who can easily make the difference. So yes, it’s about how we can develop the whole team, not only Cristiano.”

Ralf Rangnick

Last night, Rangnick was in the crowd to see Cristiano Ronaldo score twice to earn United a 3-2 victory over Arsenal. The Portuguese superstar surpassed 800 career goals in the process, and the incoming manager believes Ronaldo is ready to get on board with the new regime at Old Trafford.

“We play in the most competitive league in the world. So we need all the players on board. What I saw from Cristiano yesterday, he is more than willing to do that, to put his input into the team. His teammates will have to do the same.”

Ralf Rangnick

Rangnick, 63, is the ‘godfather’ of the football style of ‘gegenpressing.’ His coaching inspires the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp. However, he has not managed since 2019. Having spent the past two years in executive roles with the Red Bull clubs and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Before beginning a two-year consultancy role with Manchester United, the German was appointed manager until May. This Sunday, he will take charge of his first game against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

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