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Ronaldo gives United rallying cry in latest interview

The Portuguese says anything less than a top-three finish should not be accepted by Man United

Picture Courtesy of : Ruben Ortega
Ronaldo photographed during pre-match warm-up

Ronaldo photographed during pre-match warm-up

The United favourite made his comeback to the club at the end of August 2021 and despite registering 14 goals in 21 games so far, United as a team have struggled for form and find themselves in 7th spot in the Premier League after nineteen games.

 

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Cristiano Ronaldo touched upon a number of things, ranging from United’s recent form to Solskjaer’s departure.

 

Ronaldo remains adamant that anything below a third-placed finish will be a disappointment and that only with the right mentality do United stand a chance to close the top-four gap.

"We are capable of changing things now. I know the way but I'm not going to mention it here because I don't think it's ethical on my part to say that.

 

"What I can say is we can do better - all of us. Manchester (United) belongs to important things, so we have to change that.

 

"I don't want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I'm here to try to win, to compete.” the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner stressed. 

 

Speaking of football under new manager Ralf Rangnick, Ronaldo insisted the German should be given time to implement his ideas. 

 

"Since he arrived I think in some points we are better, but he needs time. It's not that easy to change the mentality of players and the way they play, the culture, the system like that. I believe that he is going to do a good job." said Ronaldo. 

 

Ronaldo shared a good relationship with his former boss and teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and admitted it was tough to see the Norwegian leave the club in November.

"It's always sad and tough. Ole used to play with me before and now he was the coach. A fantastic person. When he left everybody was sad, but it's part of football.

 

"When things don't go the way the club wants, the club has to change. I was disappointed but we have to understand the club. It was difficult but life continues.” said the 36-year-old.

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