Cristiano Ronaldo is the fittest player I’ve ever seen at his age, according to Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick.
After Cristiano Ronaldo‘s two-goal performance in Manchester United’s 3-2 Premier League victory against Arsenal, new boss Ralf Rangnick remarked he had never seen a player Cristiano Ronaldo’s age as physically fit as he is.
Rangnick was introduced as United’s interim manager during a press conference on Friday, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired. Rangnick will be in charge until the conclusion of the season.
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Questions have been raised over whether the 36-year-old Ronaldo would fit into Rangnick’s high-pressing style, and the Portugal captain was benched for the 1-1 draw against Chelsea last weekend.
Rangnick, who was at Old Trafford on Thursday when interim manager Michael Carrick took over for the last time, said he was pleased with Ronaldo’s performance against Arsenal and that it will be his job to bring out the best in the former Real Madrid and Juventus ace.
Rangnick said, “You always have to adjust your style or your philosophy of football to the players you have available, not the other way around.”
“I saw Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday in the second half, and he is an unbelievable top professional at the age of 36.” I’ve never seen a player at his age who is still physically fit. He’s still a player capable of making an impact. Yes, it’s about how we can improve the whole squad, not just Cristiano.
“We play in the world’s most competitive league, therefore we need all of our players on board.” Cristiano, based on what I observed from him yesterday, seems to be more than eager to do so, to contribute to the team. His colleagues would be expected to follow suit.”
In Thursday’s win against Arsenal, Ronaldo scored his 800th career goal, and he is United’s leading scorer with 12 goals in all competitions.
Rangnick, known as the “Godfather of Gegenpressing,” influenced a generation of German managers, notably Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool and Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea.
The 63-year-old will remain in charge until the conclusion of the season, after which he will undertake a two-year consulting position.
However, when asked whether he could stay as manager if things went well, Rangnick indicated he could “recommend” that he do so.