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Ralf Rangnick's Cristiano Ronaldo issue as Man Utd frustrations emerge on WhatsApp


Rangnick’s high-pressing style doesn’t appear to be a natural fit for Ronaldo’s game, while the Portuguese and his compatriot Bruno Fernandes face a tough road to the 2022 World Cup after a brutal playoff draw.

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Who is Ralf Rangnick? Man Utd’s interim boss in profile

Big changes are coming at Manchester United

The sacking of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears set to trigger a new era at the club, with Ralf Rangnick the man expected to take over on an interim basis before moving into an advisory role from next season.

The appointment points towards United trying to modernise their playing style, with Rangnick renowned for his adherence to front-foot football.

With that emphasis likely to shift towards the future, it will be intriguing to see what becomes of a gigantic figure in United’s past and present – Cristiano Ronaldo.

Here is a look at the latest Red Devils news, with the Portuguese forward seemingly set for a few eventful months.

How do you think Ronaldo will fare in Rangnick’s set up? Let us know in the comments below.






Rangnick is set to take over at United.

Ronaldo to struggle with new style?

One of United’s big issues this season has been the fractured in manner in which they have pressed the opposition, with 36-year-old Ronaldo seemingly unable to be so relentless out of possession any more.

With that in mind, it will be fascinating to see how Rangnick looks to use the veteran forward, who is the Red Devils’ top scorer this term with 10 goals.

Mirror Football’s Colin Millar has looked at what the arrival of the new manager will mean for the team and the detrimental impact it could have on Ronaldo.

“Ronaldo has made just 39 ‘pressures’ this season in the Premier League, as per analysis from fbref.com – fewer than United’s central defenders Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane.

“In addition to this, Ronaldo is now aged 36 – making his lack of pressing entirely understandable – and likely that he is unlikely to learn new methods from a coach at this stage in his career.”

Read the story in full HERE.

Ronaldo’s World Cup spot under threat

After they failed to top their World Cup qualifying group, Portugal left themselves with work to do in order to qualify for 2022 tournament.

Following Friday’s draw, their task looks even more difficult.

Portugal will face Turkey at home in their pathway, although if they win then it will likely be Italy in wait for them, as the European champions take on North Macedonia.






Ronaldo and Portugal face a big fight to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

At 36, the competition may well be Ronaldo’s last chance of playing in a World Cup for Portugal, although given the calibre of opposition that stands between them and Qatar, the Selecao missing out appears to be a very real prospect.

Read the story in full HERE.

United players unhappy with Rangnick leak

A number of United’s senior players are said to be unhappy at news of Rangnick’s appointment being leaked to the media before they were told.

According to reports, a number of senior players have been left miffed at the fact they haven’t been told about the acquisition via WhatsApp or face-to-face.

Although United’s desire to keep any appointment secret is noted, some players are said to feel out of the loop, especially given Rangnick’s arrival is imminent and the reputable coach will begin taking training sessions soon.

Read the story in full HERE.

Lokomotiv Moscow break silence on Rangnick

Lokomotiv chairman Alexander Plutnik has said he’s happy with the trajectory of his club despite Rangnick’s imminent exit.

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It was considered a coup when the Russian outfit lured Rangnick to the club in July to become the manager of sports and development, although that project appears to have been cut short due to the lure of Old Trafford.

Speaking to Sport-Express, Plutnik was relaxed about the situation.

“Things are good! We are now focused on the game,” he said. “We will think after the match [against Lazio]. Will the strategy be implemented if Rangnick leaves? Everything will be fine!”

Read the story in full HERE.

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