Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has defended Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent form and Ralf Rangnick has claimed that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are the two best managers in Europe
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Mikael Silvestre has jumped into Cristiano Ronaldo’s defense after the Portuguese superstar had scored just one goal in his last 10 games, saying: “He’s Ronaldo… not God!”
The former United defender also insists the 37-year-old forward has been a good signing for the club, regardless of his recent form in front of goal.
Whether the club’s new manager will agree with Silvestre’s verdict on Ronaldo remains to be seen, but interim boss Ralf Rangnick named Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp the top two managers in European football.
Ahead of the Manchester derby, where United will travel to City on Sunday, Rangnick also claimed his club must follow the blueprint of their two biggest rivals if they are to emulate their success on the pitch.
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Silvestre defends Ronaldo’s form
Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre has dismissed notions of a signing Cristiano Ronaldo has backfired.
The 37-year-old miraculously returned to Old Trafford last summer, signing a two-year deal after leaving Juventus.
And with 15 goals in all competitions, Ronaldo is comfortably the Red Devils’ top scorer, but there have been indications his presence has actually caused United to regress.
After completing as First League Runners-up last season, the arrival of the legendary Portugal international should be the final piece of the puzzle.
Rangnick names his two best managers
Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United needn’t look far for an example to follow if they are to get back to the top of English football in the next two years.
The Germany manager is currently warming up the seat at Old Trafford as United bosses deliberate on their next permanent manager appointment.
PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag remain seen as top candidates on a shortlist of successors for Rangnick, who will take up a two-year advisory role in June.
Already eyeing the future beyond the end of this season, Rangnick outlined to reporters at a press conference on Friday how United need to mirror the project at Manchester City if they are to become a force again.
Rangnick on the founding of United
Interim United manager Rangnick will officiate his first Manchester derby on Sunday when the Red Devils meet champion and league leaders Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.
Rangnick was asked what United need to do to be back on par with City and admitted they need to look to their rivals to see where they are improving and who they need to learn from.
“City and Liverpool have had continuity and consistency as head coaches for five or six years,” Rangnick said.
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