Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t blame manager Ralf Rangnick, who replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December, for United’s recent performance, noting that making changes takes time, and that a lot of availability has to come from players’ heads.
“It’s all about the mentality. When we have difficulties in a game we have to be able to respond and turn. The club is called Manchester United, so we have to be united. Tactics and systems only work if we have the right mentality and the coach needs time – but it is important To look at ourselves and see what we can do better.”
Ralf Rangnick, who was appointed temporary coach until the end of the season (later moved to an advisory position), scored four wins in seven games, conceded only three goals, but this is still not enough.
“I know it will take time, you don’t change mindsets and systems from moment to moment. I think the coach is doing a good job and we are still able to have a good season”, he said, in contrast to some commentators who say the team has no identity.
“The coach arrived five weeks ago and he has already changed many things, but he needs time to communicate ideas to the players. I know we are not playing the best football, but we have a lot of games to improve,” he said, leaving a word to the former coach.
To be honest, the past few months haven’t been easy. Ole left, then Karik [interino] And now we have a new coach. It’s hard to make a lot of changes. And a little sadness. I played with Olly, when I arrived the coach, he was a great guy. When everyone left he was sad,” he recalls.
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