Ralf Rangnick Demands A Bigger Impact From Man Utd Star; Reacts Towards Squad Unrest. Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick believes Cristiano Ronaldo should be scoring more goals, and the German has also responded to rumours of squad unrest.
Ronaldo came off the bench in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Burnley after Rangnick chose to start Edinson Cavani up front. Ronaldo was unable to score the game-winning goal, extending his United drought to five games in all competitions.
That is the attacker’s longest streak without a goal since 2010 when he was with Real Madrid. Ronaldo will be looking to put things right when Manchester United host Southampton on Saturday. And Rangnick has put his trust in his star player to produce.
“It’s not only about Cristiano Ronaldo. He should score more goals, it’s obvious,” the manager told a pre-match press conference (via the Manchester Evening News). “I think we are creating enough chances and enough opportunities in the last couple of games but we just didn’t score enough goals, but this is not only an issue with Cristiano. It’s an issue with the other players, especially the offensive players. We don’t score enough goals.
“If you bear in mind how many chances we create, this is something that needs to get better in the next couple of weeks. At Burnley, in 70 of those 90 minutes, it was very, very, very close to the game plan we spoke [about] before the game and now it’s about rewarding ourselves and also getting the results we deserve.” He said.
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Southampton will be a formidable foe, as evidenced by their 3-2 away win over Tottenham in midweek. Saints came from behind twice before scoring the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute through Che Adams.
“We are fully aware this will be a difficult one,” Rangnick added. “Obviously, I watched the game at Spurs during the week and they really deserved to win. They tactically played at a very high level and this will be a challenge for us, but I’m sure we’ll be up for that challenge.
“We’ll prepare today for tomorrow’s game and we have to win the game, that’s for sure. We did well in both first-halves against Middlesbrough and Burnley, but we need top performances [for] the whole game against Southampton and Brighton.”
The former RB Leipzig manager was then questioned about the possibility of unrest in the United camp. Rangnick’s training methods have reportedly frustrated the players, according to an ESPN report. His assistant manager, American Chris Armas, has even been compared to fictional coach Ted Lasso.
“[I’ve heard] nothing, to be honest,” Rangnick said on the issue. “I haven’t read any newspapers or those articles.
“The way we have developed is obvious, the work we do on the pitch and the video analysis.”