Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick sends message to Cristiano Ronaldo over goalscoring drought
Ralf Rangnick acknowledges Cristiano Ronaldo should have scored more goals for Manchester United, but believes the blame should be shared among the entire forward line.
Ronaldo has failed to score in his last five games, with his last goal coming against Burnley on January 30. On Tuesday night, he was benched in favor of the returning Edinson Cavani as United drew 1-1 with Burnley for the second time in a row.
Since Rangnick took over on December 2, United has only scored more than once in three games.
On Saturday, Southampton comes to Old Trafford, and Rangnick is keen for United to break their recent trend of dominating first half only to tie the game owing to sloppy finishing.
Rangnick stated, “It’s not only about Cristiano Ronaldo.” “It’s evident that he should score more goals; I believe we’ve created enough chances and opportunities in the previous couple of games, but we haven’t scored enough goals, but this isn’t just Cristiano’s fault; it’s the fault of the other players, particularly the offensive guys.” We aren’t scoring nearly enough goals.
“Keep in mind how many opportunities we create, and this is something that needs to improve in the next weeks.” It was very, very, very close to the game plan we discussed before the game at Burnley in 70 of those 90 minutes, and now it’s about rewarding ourselves and achieving the results we deserve.”
Southampton overcame Tottenham in midweek and have a strong record, despite a 9-0 thrashing last season in which two of their players were sent off.
Rangnick added, “We are completely aware that this would be a difficult one.” “Of course, I watched the Spurs game during the week, and they deserved to win.” They played tactically at a very high level, and this will be a challenge for us, but I’m confident we’ll be up to it.
“Today, we’ll prepare for tomorrow’s game, and we have to win the game, no doubt.” We performed admirably in both halves against Middlesbrough and Burnley, but we will need to be at our best throughout the game against Southampton and Brighton.
“I’ve known [Hassenhuttl] for six or seven years, and he’s clearly grown in that time. You can see what he did with Southampton, and he also did well with Leipzig, finishing second in the Bundesliga in the first year and sixth in the second. What he’s accomplished at Southampton is incredible. “Amazing coach.”