Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United will need to sign two or three strikers this summer and claims that Ronaldo’s future is in the hands of their incoming coach Erik Ten Hag.
Erik Ten Hag will take over from Ralf Rangnick next season with his predecessor expected to take up a consultancy role at Manchester United.
Ten Hag will be tasked to restore Manchester united to his former glory and make them competitive again.
The Red Devils are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season but Ralf Rangnick believes that Erik Ten Hag has what it takes to make United as competitive as Manchester City and Liverpool.
What did Ralf Rangnick say?
He told Sky Sports that:’Knowing Erik will be the manager, with a good recruitment process and bringing in the right players, I’m very positive the supporters and the media will be able to see a better team and, in the end, hopefully, a better position in the league.’
‘There are quite a few good examples in the league with when Jurgen Klopp came to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel came to Chelsea – yes, he came in the middle of the season and inherited a top-quality squad, but you still need to win the Champions League.
‘If you know what you’re looking for, the profiles of the different positions you need, it shouldn’t hopefully take too long.’
There are reports in the media that Cristiano Ronaldo may not suit Erik Ten Hag’s style of play and the 37 years old does not work hard when the team loses the ball.
The question remains whether or not Erik Ten Hag will keep the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as Cristiano Ronaldo is the top goal scorer for Manchester United with 23 goals in 37 matches.
Rangnick on Ronaldo’s future
When asked about the 37-year-old’s future, Rangnick said: ‘This is a question you need to ask Erik ten Hag. He’s shown that he can still be a vital part of this team, but it’s obvious the team needs some more strikers.’
With Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial expected to leave Manchester United this summer, a couple of names have been linked with a possible move to the Theater of Dreams.
Tottenham front man Harry Kane and Benfica forward Darwin Nunez have been linked to Manchester United and Rangnick added: ‘There should be two or three new strikers next season, it’s pretty obvious.’
Ralf Rangnick admitted that Manchester United will need a summer overhaul claiming that minor corrections’ will not be enough.
‘No matter which club, it is always necessary and important that you need an idea,’ he said. ‘You need to know how you want to play, what kind of profiles do we need, because if you do not do that, you’re always looking for the needle in the haystack.
‘This is what I meant when I said “open-heart surgery”. I don’t think it’s enough to do some minor corrections and amendments. I think it’s important to see the big picture and then hopefully bring in the best possible players.
‘They should also fit together, this is also an issue, it is not only about bringing some players for defense, midfield, and upfront, it’s also important you get to know the personality of the players and that they really fit and can meet the standards of this big club.’