Why concerns are spreading over Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Ralf Rangnick’s Man United arrival25 November 2021
Football fans and pundits alike have taken to social media on Thursday, to express early concerns over Cristiano Ronaldo’s fit in the predicted tactical setup of Ralf Rangnick at Manchester United.
The news which the Manchester United faithful had been awaiting all week was of course finally confirmed earlier today.
On the back of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s dismissal owing to a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Watford, those in a position of power at Old Trafford swooped decisively, to oversee the beginning of a new era at the club.
The tactician chosen to lead the project? Ralf Rangnick.
As confirmed by a host of reliable sources this afternoon, German mastermind Rangnick will take up the managerial reins at United for the remainder of the campaign, before overseeing ongoings from the boardroom through the summer of 2024:
🚨 EXCLUSIVE: Man Utd reach agreement with Ralf Rangnick to become interim manager. 6mnth contract then 2yr consultancy. Deal subject to Lokomotiv Moscow approval. Work permit process prevents 63yo leading #MUFC v Chelsea. W/ @lauriewhitwell @TheAthleticUK https://t.co/wjQyiRzfeE
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) November 25, 2021
‘Going to have problems…’
Rangnick’s prospective appointment on the red half of Manchester, in turn, has been met with widespread approval on the part of the United faithful.
This of course comes with the 63-year-old having long stood as one of the most respected football minds in all of Europe.
As alluded to above, though, amid the euphoria surrounding a potentially prosperous new era at Old Trafford, concerns have too begun to spread – surrounding none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, who has acted as nothing short of a saviour for the Red Devils on countless occasions this season, is not exactly renowned for his abilities off the ball.
In turn, with Rangnick’s ‘Gegenpress’ heavily dependent on his side pressing as a cohesive unit, murmurs of a potential problem on the horizon when it comes to CR7’s role have mounted online:
The obvious question is what does Ralf Rangnick do with Ronaldo in a gegenpress system? My answer is: I don’t care. I want Rangnick to do what is best for #MUFC on the pitch, not the club megastore. United need an identity, not individualism. Rangnick will put the team first…
— Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) November 25, 2021
Godfather of gegenpressing managing a striker who presses as frequently as a centre back. Might be kind of fun. https://t.co/QLGwJIyXXN
— James Benge (@jamesbenge) November 25, 2021
Him and Ronaldo are going to have problems, ronaldo doesnt like being told what to do https://t.co/UbtuoBgbWd
— Š (@ftblishak) November 25, 2021
Rangnick is a coaching genius, and #mufc will benefit from his vast experience. However, there will be some battles to win – how do you accommodate Ronaldo in a style that’s all about speed and intensity with and without the ball? If they’re smart, they’ll install RR as DoF.
— Kevin Hatchard 🎙⚽️ (@kevinhatchard) November 25, 2021
Ronaldo pressing under Rangnick will be a hilarious sight
5 years ago Rangnick called him too old aswell
— AJ (@KZN22__) November 25, 2021
Rangnick will prioritize Rashford over Ronaldo. Careful what you wish for.
— RG (@registability) November 25, 2021
Ronaldo after 10 minutes of pressing under Rangnick pic.twitter.com/3aMtJ1UvO9
— Sev💫 (@LFCSev) November 25, 2021
Now this all looks and sounds wonderful and all that. But how does Ronaldo fit in with this?https://t.co/xwXpQ169pR
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) November 25, 2021
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