The fittest player I have ever seen


New Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has said he has never seen a player in such good physical condition as Cristiano Ronaldo after his two-goal posting in the 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal.

Rangnick was unveiled as United’s interim manager at a press conference on Friday, with the German being appointed until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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Questions have been raised as to whether Ronaldo, 36, will fit into Rangnick’s top pressing style and the Portugal captain was dropped on the bench last weekend for the 1-1 draw at Chelsea .

But Rangnick, who was present at Old Trafford on Thursday when interim boss Michael Carrick took the helm for the last time, said he was impressed with Ronaldo’s performance against Arsenal and that it will be his responsibility to ‘get the best of former Real Madrid and Juventus. Star.

“You always have to adapt your style or your idea of ​​football to the players you have, and not vice versa,” Rangnick said.

“Having seen Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, a top professional super professional. At his age, I have never seen a player who is still so physically fit. He is still a player who is still in such good physical condition. can easily make a difference, so yes it’s about developing the whole team, not just Cristiano.

“We play in the most competitive league in the world so we need all the players on board. What I saw from Cristiano yesterday he is more than willing to do, to make a contribution to the team . His teammates will have to do the same. “

Ronaldo surpassed 800 career goals in Thursday’s victory over Arsenal and is United’s top scorer with 12 goals so far in all competitions.

Considered the “godfather of gegenpressing,“Rangnick has inspired a generation of German coaches, including Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel.

The 63-year-old has taken the reins until the end of the season and is then expected to start a two-year consulting role this summer.

When asked if it is possible to continue as manager if things go well, Rangnick said he could “recommend” that he continue.


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