Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United’s manager, is hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo can carry over his weekend form when the Red Devils meet Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (March 15) in the Champions League. We know how you can’t have enough of the latest football news today in Singapore. Let’s get on with it.
Ronaldo has the backing of Rangnick
A hat-trick over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday saw the Portugal striker return from a hip injury and claim the all-time scoring record in professional football with 807 goals.
Rangnick said he didn’t expect Ronaldo, 37, to have any problems after his performance against Tottenham, which was tied 1-1 after the very first leg in Madrid.
While speaking to SG news reporters after Ronaldo’s game, Rangnick said the Brazilian was decent, if not great. He said that it’s what they expect to see from him again when they face Atletico in their next match. As for his recovery, he said he isn’t concerned about it.
In the interim manager’s point of view, Ronaldo’s always been such a person who takes care of his body, so he has a good idea of what to do. If Ronaldo can score three more goals, we’ll see what he’s talking about, according to Rangnick. Three goals against such a club will be a difficult task for him.
The 80th-minute goal by United winger Anthony Elanga in the first leg canceled out Atletico’s Joao Felix’s opener. Rangnick stated his squad needs to focus better at Old Trafford to avoid having to chase the game once again.
Rashford is content at Manchester United
It has been suggested that Marcus Rashford is dissatisfied with his lack of playing time, but interim Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick says the attacker is dedicated to changing around his poor state and getting back to being his best.
Since returning after shoulder surgery in October, Rashford has only scored 5 goals across all competitions this season and it was all over many media news in Singapore.
It’s been a tough few weeks for the England international, on his final start in a Premier League match coming on February 12 against Southampton.
It was clear from his words that he’s still enthusiastic and intends to give his all for the club. Rangnick says that he didn’t say anything about being dissatisfied with his situation at the club. The interim manager also said that he doesn’t think this is a problem and that there was no mention of anything of it during their conversation.
Transfers are no longer possible at this time. It’s still possible for him to leave the team during the summer if he and his agents decide to go elsewhere, says Rangnick.
Manchester United, currently fifth in the Premier League with 47 points from 28 games, plays Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday in their next league match.
United out, Atletico in
Renan Lodi’s 41st-minute header at Old Trafford secured Atletico Madrid a 1-0 (2-1 aggregate) victory over Manchester United and a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
A typical showing of Diego Simeone’s Atletico side’s grit and quick counterattacking was on display, but Manchester United was unable to produce enough quality chances to grab the goal they needed despite their relentless pressure.
Manchester United has been left to concentrate on their Premier League campaign, in which they face a serious challenge to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League next season.
Raphael Varane’s wonderful header was the closest United moved to an equalizer after the half, but their attempts lacked strategy and technique, and Oblak had to be at his full stretch to save it.
Late in the game, Atletico’s defense was rugged and at times cynical, but they prevailed to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League.