Ralf Rangnick is not under any illusions that he will have to change his habits in order to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo in his plans for Manchester United.
The German was introduced to the media on Friday after officially taking over at Old Trafford, ahead of his first game against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
He replaced Michael Carrick as interim boss in the dugout, with the former United midfielder announcing his departure from the club after leading them to a 3-2 victory over Arsenal, where Ronaldo again saved the day with two goals.
Rangnick has a big task to bring the Red Devils back into the top four and help them compete for the trophies this quarter, but after seeing Ronaldo in action on Thursday, there is no doubt that he will have a big role to play under his direction, despite claims that it would not suit the style of the coach.
He said: “After watching him last night, especially in the second half, he made a difference. At his age, I’ve never seen a player so physically fit.
“What I saw of Cristiano yesterday, he is more than willing to step forward for the team.
“It’s not just the players who have to adapt, the team has to adapt to the players as well.”
Rangnick wants to build a stronger team defensively, having expressed concerns about his team’s weaknesses at the back.
“I watched the last few games, Watford, Chelsea, Arsenal, and I also watched the games against Liverpool and Manchester City on television,” he said.
” I know it well. It’s pretty obvious that the team has an abundance of talented young players and experienced players. The main goal for me is to bring more balance to the team. Just yesterday we conceded two and we needed three to win. We concede an average of two per game and that’s too much.
“I want to bring more balance and more control. Yesterday’s game, for me as a future coach, these are not the games you need. I will try to keep these exceptional and talented players away from their own goal. “
Rangnick’s deal as interim manager will last until the end of the season, but he says he has not considered replacing the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for good.
He added, “If we are doing well and stabilizing, I might even recommend that we continue to work with me. This is all hypothetical, we cannot talk about it.
Of Michael Carrick, who bridged the gap between Solskjaer and Rangnick but chose to leave the club on Thursday, Rangnick said: “I had a conversation with Michael for over an hour and tried to convince, but he needed a break and understand his decision.
“I am more than happy to work with the current staff as I need their expertise on the current team. I’ll try to find one, two, maybe three people to help us.
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