Cristiano Ronaldo

Ralf Rangnick has urged the new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to keep Cristiano Ronaldo for another season. 

Rangnick was speaking to the media following United’s 3-0 victory over Brentford on Monday night where he urged the club to bring in two strikers in the summer. Ronaldo produced a man-of-the-match performance and scored his 24th goal of the season against Brentford

“The way we played again tonight, not only because he scored he also won the penalty and helped defensively, why should he not be part of the squad and help the team?” said Rangnick.

“But this is a question you have to ask Erik and also Cristiano.”

“Cristiano is not a central striker. He does not want to play in that position but if you look at international football there are not many teams who play with two strikers.”

New strikers

“For me, it is a question of what players Manchester United have in the future. It is obvious United need two more quality strikers.”

“Modern strikers do not necessarily have to be strikers. Liverpool or Manchester City have five or six top-class strikers. If you ask me if Gabriel Jesus or Jack Grealish is a winger or a striker, they can all play there.”

“Mason Greenwood would have been one, then after the West Ham game he was no longer part of the squad. Anthony Martial was on loan and Edinson Cavani injured.”

Rangnick, who has already been appointed as Austria coach backed United to rise under ten Hag.

“It’s obvious that quite a few players will leave the club, so there will be the need for new players, for top-quality players, and I strongly believe that, if everybody works together on this process, we can raise the level and bring Manchester United back into spaces and areas where they should be.”

The Red Devils have only two fixtures remaining this season in the Premier League against Brighton and Crystal Palace.

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