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Ralf Rangnick discusses Cristiano Ronaldo, why he turned down Chelsea & ‘major’ Manchester United target

Ralf Rangnick discusses Cristiano Ronaldo, why he turned down Chelsea & ‘major’ Manchester United target

Ralf Rangnick held his first pre-match press conference as Manchester United manager on Friday morning and discussed a number of topics.

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Manchester United picked up an impressive 3-2 win over top-6 rivals Arsenal on Thursday evening.

Just a few days later, the Red Devils will be back in Premier League action, taking on Crystal Palace at 2 pm UK time on Sunday.

United head into what is set to be Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge on a solid run of form.

The Manchester outfit have played out three games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left. They would beat Villarreal 2-0, draw with Chelsea 1-1 and then see off Arsenal by three goals to two.

However, the man who guided Man United to these results, Michael Carrick, has now left the club:

Ralf Rangnick on Cristiano Ronaldo, why he turned down Chelsea & ‘major’ Manchester United goal

United fans need not fret too much, though, as Ralf Rangnick, on paper, looks capable of transforming this stacked squad into one that could soon challenge for trophies and titles.

The German held his first pre-match press conference as United boss on Friday morning.

And, when doing so, the former Leipzig man discussed a number of topics, the first of which saw him outline his major target for his time at United:

“The major target for me is to bring balance into the team. Even yesterday we conceded two goals if you look at the total number of goals it’s just too much per game. My approach is to bring more balance and more control.”

Elsewhere, Rangnick was asked about Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese is of course a quality player, but given his age and unwillingness to press from the front, there has been some concern about his future at United under the club’s new boss.

Rangnick’s comments regarding CR7 on Friday, though, suggest that he still believes Ronaldo is fit enough to play a role in his side:

“You always have to adapt to the players you have available, not vice versa. Seeing Cristiano yesterday at the age of 36 never seen a player that physically fit he’s still a player who can easily make a difference.”

The German also discussed why he turned down the Chelsea job following Frank Lampard’s sacking, explaining that it would have entailed just a four-month interim role, whereas United’s proposal marked a six-month interim role and another two years in an advisory position.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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