Cristiano Ronaldo spoke on Thursday about Manchester United’s situation in the Premier League. Ahead of the game against Aston Villa on Matchday 22, the Portuguese confirmed his confidence in Ralf Rangnick and wants to fight for the podium.
Returning as a hero to Manchester United at the end of the summer transfer window, Cristiano Ronaldo did not expect to see the Red Devils in such difficulty this season. While the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the arrival of Ralf Rangnick have led to an improvement in results, the Portuguese striker and his partners are unable to take off in the Premier League standings. Before the 22nd day and a trip to the field of Aston Villa this Saturday (from 6.30 p.m. on RMC Sport 1), the Old Trafford residents are only seventh, eleven lengths from the podium. A frustrating situation for CR7.
« I don’t accept that our mentality is inferior to being in the top three in the Premier League, » said in an interview broadcast on Sky Sports. « I think that to build good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few -unes. So why not – new year, new life and I hope Manchester United can reach the level that the fans are hoping for. They deserve it. «
Ronaldo: « We can do better, all of us »
After his departure from Manchester United in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo went into exile in Spain alongside Real Madrid and then in Italy at Juventus. Leaving a top club under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, he refuses to see the team fail to fight for the Premier League title. Despite his eight goals and three assists, the Red Devils skate in the league.
« What I can say is we can do better, all of us, » said the five-time Ballon d’Or winner again. Manchester United are destined for important things so we have to change that. […] I don’t want to be here playing sixth, seventh, or fifth. I’m here to try to win, to be competitive. «
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And the Portuguese, who will celebrate his 36th birthday on February 5, clarifies with ambition: « I think we are in the competition but we are not yet at our best level, continued CR7. But we have a long way to go. walk to improve and I think if we change our mind we can achieve great things. «
Ronaldo trusts Rangnick for the future
Arrived in early December as an interim, Ralf Rangnick quickly had results on the bench of Manchester United. In seven matches in all competitions, the German coach has only been defeated once against Wolverhampton (0-1).
Better, he signed four successes even if the level of play of the Red Devils earned him some criticism. Despite rumors of a quarrel with the technician, Cristiano Ronaldo reaffirmed his support and asked for time to set up his philosophy.
« He has changed a lot since his arrival five weeks ago, » Manchester United number 7 confirmed. But he needs time to get his ideas across to the players. […] It takes time but I think it will do a good job. We know we don’t play the best football but we have many games to improve. Since he (Ralf Rangnick) arrived, I think there are some things that we are better at, but he needs time. «
Ralf Rangnick does not have that much time since the coach was hired as an interim until the end of the season. Until then, the 53-year-old German will try to qualify Manchester United for the next Champions League. It starts on Saturday with a duel against Aston Villa and Steven Gerrard.