Manchester United: Ralf Rangnick's Cristiano Ronaldo verdict after first game


Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has given his verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo's display after his first game in charge against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Red Devils boss was victorious in his debut match for United against Patrick Vieira's side, with midfielder Fred providing the strike to secure the 1-0 win for the Mancunians.

Scroll through the gallery above to see Ronaldo in action against Palace

Prior to the match, there was a wave of speculation as to whether or not Ronaldo would fit his new manager's "gegenpressing" philosophy, which consists of a system of intense pressing of the opposition.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's work ethic off the ball, or lack thereof, is also a criticism that has been directed at him at times this season.

Rumours that the striker could be dropped by the German escalated when a Rangnick interview from 2016 recently went viral on social media, during which the manager said Ronaldo was "too old" for his style of play.

Despite that, though, the 63-year-old decided to start Ronaldo against Palace, and had only praise for the forward's work ethic after his performance against the Eagles.

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"I am very happy with the way the team performed, especially the first half hour, with the pressing, it was exceptional. The only thing missing was the 1-0 or 2-0," Rangnick told BBC's Match of the Day.

"The way we defended, we had control of the whole game, the clean sheet was the most important part.

"We wanted to play with two strikers, especially in the central position.

"By the way, Cristiano Ronaldo's work off the ball, chapeau ("hats off to him")!"

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