C.ristiano Ronaldo is dissatisfied with his club Manchester United’s season so far, even after the move to new coach Ralf Rangnick. “I’m not happy with what we’re achieving at Man United,” wrote the 36-year-old Portuguese on Instagram at the turn of the year, following a photo of himself and his family. “None of us are happy, I’m sure of that.”
The English soccer champions finished sixth in the Premier League at the turn of the year, but have played fewer games than the first five teams in the league. Under Rangnick, the Red Devils have been unbeaten since the beginning of December and had won 3-1 against Burnley FC at the end of the year, but before that they were disappointed at 1-1 at Newcastle United. “We know that we have to work harder, play better and deliver a lot more than we are currently doing,” said Ronaldo.
The former European champions moved back to United from Juventus Turin in the summer, where he had already played from 2003 to 2009. Since then, the attacker has scored eight goals in 15 Premier League games, most recently Rangnick had explicitly praised his star and the rest of the United offensive around former Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
“It’s important to have these two players on board,” said Rangnick, referring to the Portuguese and his strike partner Edinson Cavani. “The work ethic that the two showed today with Mason and Jadon was very important.” Ronaldo had previously scored the 3-0 win against Burnley, Sancho had forced the own goal by Burnley pro Ben Mee to 2-0.
For Rangnick it was the fifth game without a defeat in a row since he took office at United in early December. Most recently, the Red Devils had disappointed at 1-1 at Newcastle United, and there was speculation about unrest in the team around Ronaldo. “You had to do a lot of runs for the team to make sure that we keep the opponent away from our penalty area as often as possible, and that starts with the offensive four,” said Rangnick, praising his offensive quartet, alongside Ronaldo, Sancho and Cavani on Thursday also belonged to Mason Greenwood.
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