Fittest player I’ve ever seen

New Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick says he has never seen a player as fit as Cristiano Ronaldo after he scored twice in the 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League.

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

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Questions have been raised about whether the 36-year-old would suit Rangnick’s hyper-pressure style, and the Portugal captain was dropped off the bench last weekend for the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

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

“You always have to adapt your style or idea of ​​football to the players you have, not the other way around,” Rangnick said.

“Having seen Cristiano yesterday in the second half and he’s 36, he was a fantastic professional. At his age, I’ve never seen a player who is still physically fit. He’s still a player who can easily make the difference. Yes, it’s about how the whole team develops, 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 it, to put his contribution to the team. His teammates will have to do it. The same.”

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

Considered the “Father of Genetic Stress”And“Rangnick has been an inspiration to a generation of German coaches, including Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel.

The 63-year-old took charge until the end of the season and is then set to begin a two-year advisory role in the summer.

When asked if there is room to continue as a manager if all goes well, Rangnick said he could “recommend” the business to continue.


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