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Ralf Rangnick And Cristiano Ronaldo Should Get Along Just Fine

Ralf Rangnick had some very kind words about Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo during his opening press conference earlier today. The Red Devils’ new interim boss was blown away by the #7’s incredible physical condition. ESPN quoted the German as saying “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.” For now, at least, Rangnick’s remarks should assuage those who had doubt over the Portuguese fitting in with the Interim’s new setup. You also can’t put Ronaldo at fault for his effort. Along with 2 key goals in United’s win over Arsenal on Thursday, the 36-year-old left it all out on the pitch by spring the length of the field to make sure his team did not concede.

The 2021/2022 season is showing just how once-in-a-lifetime Ronaldo truly is. In both the Premier League and Champions League, CR7 has scored 11 goals and assisted 2. The fact that Ronaldo, nearing age 37, is still nearly good for a goal or assist every game, is quite remarkable. There is also evidence to suggest that the Portugal captain should acclimate well to his new manager’s philosophy. He made 27 pressures against Arsenal on Thursday, his highest tally in any PL game this season. Per 90 minutes, Ronaldo is averaging 14.4 pressures a game and even made 16 in the final third against the Gunners. All of this data is according to Stats Perform.

A Rock In The Lineup

There have been very few examples of athletes combing both longevity and reinvention in this fashion. All of this goes to show that if United is set to have any success or trophies this season, they will only go as far as Ronaldo takes them. Rangnick also acknowledged the excellence of Ronaldo, saying “You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have available, not vice versa.” If things go according to plan, United should finally be back on the right track.

There is even a chance they play up to the level many were expecting before the start of the season. Even though Ole Gunnar Solksjaer was very well-liked as a person, it quickly became clear that he was not fit to be the manager. With Rangnick in tow, there is some optimism beginning to churn. A clear tactical outline and realistic goals for the season. Sooner or later the fans will begin singing Glory Glory Man United once again.

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