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Cristiano Ronaldo: I’m not at Manchester United to compete for sixth or seventh position

Cristiano Ronaldo said it was unacceptable for Manchester United to aim anything less than a top-three Premier League finish and warned that he was not in the club to compete for 7th place. 

United has had a disappointing season so far, replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with interim manager Ralf Rangnick in December after the devastating defeats of Leicester, Liverpool and Watford.

Rangnick stabilized the ship with four wins in seven games and only three goals, but remained in seventh place in the Premier League, 22 points behind leader Manchester City in just 19 games.

The lowest point of the German short tenure was arguably the home defeat to the wolves on January 3rd. Later, defender Luke Shaw said he didn’t feel “we were all together” during the match.

Asked if United could close the gap with its top four rivals without the right spirit, Ronaldo said:

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“I don’t accept that our mentality be less than being in the top three in the Premier League.” 

I think to build up good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few things. So why not – new year, new life and I hope that Manchester (United) can be the level that the fans want. They deserve that.

“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.

“I think we compete but we are not yet in our best level. But we have a long way to improve and I believe if we change our mind, we can achieve big things.”

While Rangnick has improved United’s results, the performances have been underwhelming, with his side scoring more than once in a match on just one occasion.

Jamie Redknapp says in an interview after the wolves defeat “has no identity” at United, but Ronaldo urged Rangnick’s alleged to give time to carry out his ideas at Old Trafford. ..

“He has changed a lot since he arrived five weeks ago,” Ronaldo said. “But he needs time to convey his ideas to the players.
“It will take some time, but I think he will do a good job.

We know we don’t play the best football, but we need to improve in many games.” “I think we’re good in some ways since he arrived, but he needs time. It’s not that easy to change the player’s spirit, the way he plays, the culture and the system. No. I think he will. “” Good job. “

However, while Ronaldo is confident that Rangnick can improve United’s fate, he expressed sympathy for Solskger, who played with his first spell as a United player, saying his former boss’s resignation was “severe.” recognized.

Source: Skysport

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