Ralf Rangnick, according to former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique, has the “same problem” with Cristiano Ronaldo as former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Portugal international was purchased from Juventus in the summer transfer window to much fanfare and joy from Premier League fans.
Since his return to Old Trafford, Ronaldo has scored 13 goals in 18 matches, but the club’s fortunes have not improved as a result of his goals.
Instead, several analysts, fans, and former players have said that Ronaldo’s arrival has hampered Man United’s ability to achieve their goals.
For the rest of the season, Enrique believes Ronaldo will “have to adapt” to Rangnick’s techniques rather than the other way around.
“Look at Ronaldo’s age, and he’s still the top scorer at United,” Enrique told BeMyBet. However, I don’t see him playing for a team that relies heavily on high-pressure, high-intensity play. Cristiano, on the other hand, is eager to participate in every game.
“If not, he’ll be upset, and I’m not sure how he’ll take it.” Cristiano was a problem for Solskjaer as well. You’d always welcome Cristiano to your club, but Solskjaer drastically altered United’s style of play.
“I don’t think Rangnick will be able to adapt to Cristiano. Cristiano will have to learn to live with him. He appears to have a lot of personality, which I enjoy. Cristiano will want to work since he is the finest in the world in terms of his body and conditioning in football, but he cannot change his age.
“You cannot ask him to run for 90 minutes. He’s never done that. At Real Madrid, they knew that and they played for him. In Italy he can do that, because the teams are more defensive and you don’t have to press that high.
“The Premier League is different, it’s up and down all the time. “I’m not sure whether Cristiano’s signing was a good one or not.”
Rangnick has been appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season before moving into a two-year consultancy post, and Enrique believes the German will be a fine manager at Man Utd.
“First and foremost, I like that United is attempting to emulate Liverpool,” Enrique added. He’s an excellent manager, according to Klopp and Tuchel, who both laud him and claim they’ve learnt a lot from him.
“The only question is if United will be patient enough to listen to him and provide him with the players he desires.” Getting a manager who you know will stay in the club for a long period is one of the most difficult things in modern football.
“It shouldn’t matter to the club if they trust him if things don’t go well at first; just give him time.” He didn’t get off to a great start, but we’ll see how they progress from here until the end of the season. But it’s a fantastic opportunity for United.”