Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo says Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick needs time to implement his ideas at Old Trafford

Man Utd is currently seventh in the Premier League and lies 22 points behind Premier League leaders Man City; Cristiano Ronaldo says it is not acceptable for the club to be targeting anything less than a top-three finish; forward urges doubters to give Ralf Rangnick time.

Cristiano Ronaldo 'disillusioned' with Ralf Rangnick as Man Utd star holds  crisis talks - Mirror Online

Cristiano Ronaldo says it is not acceptable for Manchester United to be aiming for anything less than a top-three Premier League finish, and warned he is not at the club to compete for seventh place.

United have endured a disappointing campaign to date and replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with interim manager Ralf Rangnick in December following heavy defeats to Leicester, Liverpool, and Watford.

While Rangnick has steadied the ship with four wins from seven matches. Also, with just three goals conceded, they remain seventh in the Premier League. They are 22 points behind table-toppers Manchester City after just 19 games.

“I don’t accept that our mind is less than being in the top three in the Premier League.

“I think to build up good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few things. So why not – new year, new life and I hope that Manchester (United) can be the level that the fans want. They deserve that.

“We are capable of changing things now. I know the way but I’m not going to mention it here because I don’t think it’s ethical on my part to say that.

“What I can say is we can do better – all of us. Manchester (United) belongs to important things, so we have to change that.

Paul Ince highlights Ralf Rangnick tactic tweak which has helped Cristiano  Ronaldo at Man United - Manchester Evening News

“I don’t want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I’m here to try to win, to compete.

“I think we compete but we are not yet at our best level. But we have a long way to improve and I believe if we change our minds, we can achieve big things.”

Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports after Wolf’s defeat that United had “no identity”, but Ronaldo urged Rangnick’s doubters to give him time to implement his ideas at Old Trafford.

“Since he arrived five weeks ago he changed many things,” said Ronaldo. “But he needs time to put his ideas across to the players.

“It takes time but I believe that he is going to do a good job. We know we aren’t playing the best football but we have many games to improve.

“Since he arrived I think in some points we are better, but he needs time. I believe that he is going to do a good job.”

“It’s always sad and tough. Ole used to play with me before and now he was the coach. A fantastic person. When he left everybody was sad, but it’s part of football.

“When things don’t go the way the club wants, the club has to change. I was disappointed but we have to understand the club. It was difficult but life continues.

“But I still believe that we are capable of doing a good season. We know it’s going to take time to make the ideas of the new coach on the pitch.

“But I’m looking forward. We have to work hard, we have to be together as players. We know we are not in the best moment, but I believe with working hard we can achieve important things, even this year.”

‘Interim status could be undermining Rangnick’

Ralf Rangnick demands players who run hard – but he must also adapt to Cristiano  Ronaldo

“It’s certainly not been the bounce we all expected when Ralf Rangnick arrived.

“There are still a lot of question marks swirling around Old Trafford these days. Rangnick says he hasn’t had time on the training ground due to Covid and the number of games, and you can sympathize with that.

“But the doubt about Rangnick is that he hasn’t been a manager too much over the last 10 years. He hasn’t been in charge of a top club so in many ways, he could be feeling his way a bit and finding his feet at a club the size of Man Utd because that is certainly the biggest job he’s ever had.

“The jury is still out as to whether he can actually turn it around because what we’ve seen so far, he hasn’t had an effect really.

“The hope for Rangnick was for him to steady the ship, grab fourth in the league and then appoint a manager, but it is not quite panning out that way at the moment.

“I do think that having an interim manager will affect some of the players and their attitudes and performances when they are taking instructions off somebody who they know isn’t going to be there as long as they are, at least in the dugout. He might move upstairs but certainly, I do think it can have an effect psychologically on certain individuals.

” The fact he is only going to be there for another four months or so, it’s not the ideal situation.

“But that is what Manchester United went for and it was a move they hoped would steady things down so that they could move on in the summer. It’s not worked out that way so far.”

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