Cristiano Ronaldo says Ralf Rangnick needs time to implement his ideas at Manchester United after a hesitant start to life as the club’s caretaker manager.
Rangnick replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December after the Norwegian was sacked after just three wins from 11 games – a run of form that included heavy defeats to Leicester, Liverpool and Watford.
But while Rangnick has stabilized the ship – with four wins from seven matches and just three goals conceded – United’s football leaves a lot to be desired, and they have scored more than a goal in a game just once since his arrival.
Ronaldo has scored twice since Rangnick’s arrival and there has been much talk about his ability to play in the manager’s system, given the German’s desire for his forwards to press high up the pitch.
But in an exclusive interview with Air sports, Ronaldo called on Rangnick – who will take on a consulting role at United at the end of the season – for patience.
“Since he arrived five weeks ago he has changed a lot of things,” Ronaldo said. “But he needs time to get his ideas across to the players.
“It takes time but I think he’s going to do a good job. We know we’re not playing the best football but we have a lot of games to improve.
“Since he arrived, I think in some points we are better, but he needs time. It’s not so easy to change the mentality of the players and the way they play, the culture, the system like that. I think he’s going to do a good job.”
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