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Rangnick’s promise to Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of first match as Man Utd manager

The new interim Manchester United boss watched the 36-year-old superstar score twice in Thursday night’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, and has looked to assure Ronaldo over his future

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Rangnick ‘couldn’t possibly turn down’ Man Utd role

Cristiano Ronaldo has been assured there is a place for him within Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United revolution.

Ronaldo was expected to be the most high-profile casualty of new United interim boss Rangnick’s high-intensity, counter-pressing approach.

But after watching the 36-year-old forward score twice in United’s thrilling 3-2 win over Arsenal, Rangnick said Ronaldo can give him what he wants.

“You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have available, not vice versa,” said Rangnick.

“Having seen Cristiano against Arsenal in the second-half, at the age of 36, he’s 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.

Ronaldo again made the difference in the win over Arsenal
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“It’s about how we can develop the whole team, not only Cristiano.

“We play in the most competitive league in the world, so we need all the players on board.

“What I saw from Cristiano, he’s more than willing to do that, to put his input into the team, and his team-mates will have to do the same.”

Rangnick, 63, was confident but realistic as he was officially introduced by United ahead of his first game in charge tomorrow, at home to Crystal Palace.

Just like Sir Alex Ferguson before him, Rangnick’s watchword is “control”, which is the quality he feels United have been lacking in recent weeks.

“Obviously I’ve watched the latest games,” said Rangnick. “I watched the games against Watford and against Chelsea, and against Liverpool and Manchester City.

“The major target for me in the next couple of days and weeks is to bring more balance and control into the team.

“If you look at the total number of goals conceded, it’s almost two on average per game, and this is just too much.

“This is my approach – to help the team to get more balance, more control of the game.

“The Arsenal game was exciting for the fans, but for myself, those are not the kind of games we need every day, because football, for me, is to minimise the coincidence factor and have control and gain control of a game.

“This my approach and I will try to help these players to try to keep away from their own goal.”

Rangnick facing the press on Friday for the first time
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Rangnick is convinced the current squad – which has taken eight points from 27 – is good enough to claim fourth spot, after admitting Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are on a different level.

“It’s definitely good enough to compete in the top four,” said Rangnick.

“If you look at the top three teams, currently they seem to be very stable and have top coaches, probably some of the best coaches in the world.

“If you see how they play and how they win games in style, controlling the games, this is something we have to develop.

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“When Jurgen came to Liverpool, the squad he inherited at the time was definitely not a better squad than the one I inherit here now at United.

“Pep has been at City for five years, Jurgen for six years and Thomas Tuchel, okay he came in February, but time-wise maybe they were already a little bit ahead of us, in how they want to develop.

“But still I’m more than happy with the quality of the players we have here and if we can help them to get better, we can take the next possible steps.

“They have to go together with me and buy into the idea that I can offer them how we should want to play in the future. That’s what it’s all about.”

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