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Rangnick and his first day at the office: “I never saw anyone as fit as Cristiano at 36”

Cristiano Ronaldo made history last Thursday with a double in victory against Arsenal (3-2) by the date 14 of the Premier league. The Portuguese striker was once again a figure and thus reached 801 career goals. Such a performance ended in praise from the press, fans and above all, the new coach of the Mancuniano team, Ralf rangnick, who in his first press conference as DT of the ‘Red Devils’ assured that he has never seen any player so fit with 36 years as the Portuguese footballer.

However, the role that Cristiano will play at Manchester United with Rangnick, a coach who intends to instill a system of pressure that involves the whole team, is an uncertainty. “You have to adapt to the players you have available”the German told the club’s media.

“To see Cristiano yesterday in the second half, at 36 years old … I have never seen a player so fit. He remains a footballer who can easily make a difference. Yesterday I saw Cristiano press, so I think he is more than willing to do it. His teammates will have to do the same ”, added.

On the other hand, Rangnick has left the door open to stay beyond the six months that he has signed until the end of the season. The German coach has signed a six-month contract, after which he will become part of United’s sports management, but he is not closing to extend his time as a coach.

“We have not yet talked about what will happen in the summer. We will see. If all goes well, as it happened at RB Leipzig, it may be good to continue working for another year, but it is all hypothetical. The only thing that matters to me right now is winning matches ”, said the german.

Rangnick is coming as a replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was fired two weeks ago after three years in office. Michael Carrick, his assistant, was hired as interim manager for the games against Villarreal, Chelsea and Arsenal.

The German coach will coach his first match at Old Trafford this Sunday against Crystal Palace.

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