Ralf Rangnick has officially taken the helm at Manchester United, with the Old Trafford interim manager revealing how Cristiano Ronaldo has shaped his plans and how to lay the foundations for long-term success.
Yes many things Rangnick had to do after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked, especially how Ronaldo would fit into his plans.
What does Ralf Rangnick say about Cristiano Ronaldo?
Ronaldo was left on the bench by Carrick during the trip to Chelsea, but returned to United starting from the typical squad with a bang as he Passing the milestone of 800 goals for his career in an emotional 3-2 win over Arsenal.
Rangnick attended that game and said in his introductory press conference: “You always have to adapt your style or idea of football to suit the players you have available, not the other way around.
“Meet Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, an incredible top professional player. At his age, I have never seen a player with such physical fitness. He is still a player. players can easily make the difference.”
“So yeah, it’s about how we can develop the whole team not just Cristiano. 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’s willing to do it, to give his opinion to the team. His teammates will have to do the same.”
Rangnick has arrived in England with another transfer window fast approaching, but claims to have no plans to sign yet.
He said when asked about possible additions in January: “We haven’t talked about new players yet.
“Now is the time to dig into the details of the current squad, the roster is certainly not too small. There are enough players.
“Maybe after Christmas there will be time to talk about possible transfers in the winter. In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be very difficult in the winter.”
There have been hints that United will consider using Rangnick’s presence as a bargaining chip to lure Erling Haaland away from Borussia Dortmund, the 63-year-old previously having worked with the Na striker. Uy as Sports Director at Red Bull Salzburg.
The bounty was supposed to increase if such a deal could be struck, but Rangnick dismissed those reports.
He said: “10 million pounds [$13m] for Haaland, £10 million for [Kylian] Mbappe, 10 million pounds for [Robert] Lewandowski and 10 million pounds for [Joshua] Kimmich.
“It makes no sense. There is no such clause in my contract. There is little point in speculating about new players. I know what kind of player he is, but in the meantime, the whole world. realized how good the player was.
“The attacking players we have here, we have so many top players in the attacking department that we don’t need to talk about any other players.”
How long will Ralf Rangnick stay at Manchester United?
For now, Rangnick is eager to focus on the present as he has just signed a six-month contract in mining before moving into an advisory role.
He said of his position: “The people I spoke to, they were very clear that it was a six-month role. We never talked about what would happen in the summer.
“If they talk about me with that, we’ll see. If they ask me for my opinion, I can make the same recommendation as I did at RB Leipzig twice, that it is better to work with me for a year.
“It is not uncommon that, after a long period of success, the club needs to find a new path. The club has had no continuity in signing new players and sticking to the club’s DNA.
“In the future, the board members and myself are of the same opinion. The important thing is that not much has changed in the way of management.”
What is Ralf Rangnick’s approach?
The victory over Arsenal brought MU back to 7th place in the Premier League, 3 points above group 4 and qualifying for the Champions League.
Rangnick hopes to make the Reds more mobile during his tenure, but is aware there are some issues to work through.
He added on his philosophy: “It’s about winning matches and in the end, I’m very ambitious. We want to make the season as successful as possible.
“Right now, we have to be realistic. The difference between us and the top three is huge, but let’s see.
“The main goal for me is to bring more balance to the team. We conceded two goals yesterday [against Arsenal] and if you look at the total number of goals conceded, that’s two goals per game on average.
“It’s just too much. It’s not the kind of game you need every day. In football to me, it’s to minimize the element of coincidence.
“It can only happen game by game, step by step. You have to make sure you have the best chance to win the next game then take it one step at a time. Let the players watch and find out what ideas I can give them on how we want to play in the future.
“Pep [Guardiola] been at City for three years, Jurgen [Klopp] for five, Thomas [Tuchel] only arrived in February, but in terms of timing, they’re a bit ahead of us in terms of how they want to evolve. I’m very happy with the players we have here. ”