Cristiano Ronaldo has been backed by caretaker manager Michael Carrick to adapt to Ralf Rangnick’s well-respected pressing game.
Every man and his dog have shared an opinion on whether Ronaldo will fit into Rangnick’s plans over the next six-months. I really don’t know why so many people are so willing to throw premature opinions around, especially when Ronaldo hasn’t caused any problems in the dressing room. It is not something he is renowned for.
We already know, as with any 36-year-old squad member, Ronaldo was a short-term signing. I see this as an opportunity for Rangnick to manage one of the best players of all-time; one he would be foolish not to try benefit from.
Carrick must agree having stressed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will thrive under Rangnick at United. He was asked about Ronaldo possibly being unwilling the press opponents.
“Maybe it is a myth,” said Carrick, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“He’s played in enough teams over the years and been successful to (be able to) play in a variety of ways.
“He has kept scoring goals for every team he has played for and I am sure he will continue to score goals, no doubt about that.
“Players adapt anyway. You’ve got to have skills for different styles. Ralf has obviously got a terrific pedigree over a long period of time and had success with that. I am sure the players are looking forward to the days and weeks ahead.”
We know people will always find ways to talk about Ronaldo.
Many will opt to badmouth him, but I’m sure he is prepared for life under Rangnick and will continue to do his best for the team.
Worrying over how Ronaldo will fit in is not something I’d lose sleep over.