Ralf Rangnick believes Cristiano Ronaldo could play a role at Manchester United next season under Erik ten Hag.
Ronaldo scored his 24th goal of the season in the 3-0 win over Brentford and is two goals off the 26 he scored in his previous season with United in 2008-09 when he turned 24.
Now 37, Ronaldo is only behind Heung Son-min and Mohamed Salah in the Premier League goalscoring charts and he appeared to say ‘I’m not finished’ during the lap of honor in the Premier League. United players.
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Ronaldo doubters have subsided amid his nine-goal form in his last five league games and Ronaldo is under contract with United for another year.
“The way he played again tonight, not only because he scored a goal but also because he won the penalty and assisted defensively tonight, so why wouldn’t he be a player who could still do part of the team and help the team? Rannick said.
“But it’s a question you have to ask Erik when he’s here and it’s also important to see how Cristiano sees himself and his position.
“Cristiano is not a central striker, neither does he want to play in this position. In order not to play central, you have to play with two strikers like we did in the last 15 minutes or in my first game. against Crystal Palace or the second against Norwich, and even in the second half against Newcastle.
“But if you look at international football, there aren’t many top teams that play with two forwards. Most of the top international teams play with three forwards or a false nine, so for me it’s not not a question of position, it’s a question of the kind of quality players Manchester United will have in the future.”
Rangnick was pleased with United’s performance against Brentford and it is still mathematically possible for them to finish fourth, despite the club all but conceding in the race for Champions League qualification.
Bruno Fernandes put United 1-0 up at the break against Brentford before summer signings Ronaldo and Raphael Varane entered for their 10th home league victory this season.
“We also had some good home games, but that was a few weeks ago,” Rangnick noted. “I think tonight we probably showed one of our best performances in the last six months in possession. We had 73 or 74 per cent possession in the first half and 65 at the end. high pass of 91% and that was for me, the reason why we controlled the game in the last areas of the game.
“It also had to do with the players on the pitch, with three creative central midfielders on the pitch with Juan Mata, Bruno and Nemanja Matic. Every time we played the ball behind their backline, every time we increased speed and weren’t just playing possession for the sake of possession, we had our moments, that’s how we scored our first goal. Even Cristiano’s very tight offside position would have been the second goal.
“That’s why we controlled most of the game. We had some shortcomings defensively but in general I was happy with the performance we showed tonight.”