Cristiano Ronaldo has been Manchester United’s top scorer this season but with changes coming in the summer, Ralf Rangnick believes more firepower is needed
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Ralf Rangnick admits it’s ‘obvious’ Manchester United need to add new faces in attack despite having done so Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks.
The Old Trafford team face a squad overhaul in the summer as soon as Erik ten Hag officially comes from Ajax. The Dutchman will inherit a team badly in need of renewed impetus after a season that has fallen far short of expectations.
United added Ronaldo in the summer as they tried to improve on last season’s second place but are unlikely to finish in the top four. The Portuguese star has scored over 20 goals – by far the most at the club. However, his presence was regularly criticized.
At 37, Ronaldo is no longer at the peak of his powers and there have been indications that his arrival is disrupting the team’s momentum. His regular regular role has barred paths for others and Rangnick admits new faces are needed in the last third.
He said Sky Sports : “That’s a question you have to ask Erik ten Hag. He showed that he can still be an important part of this team, but it’s obvious that the team needs more strikers. It should be two or three next season give new strikers, that’s it.” pretty obvious.”
Ten Hag’s playing style and philosophy seem at odds with the way Ronaldo plays the game. That has led to rumors of an exit for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. United need a long-term solution in attack and Ronaldo is not going to provide that at his age.
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Edinson Cavani is set to leave while Anthony Martial faces an uncertain future. Marcus Rashford looks a shadow of his former self and needs a revitalization. Liverpool and Manchester City are the current benchmark for the Red Devils but Rangnick insists they must try to add players they can develop if they have ambitions to chase down the leading duo.
“If you think of Manchester City and Liverpool, they brought in [players] every transfer window,” he added. “They strengthened the team, they brought in players who weren’t that popular at the time they were signed and went on to become the top two teams in the world.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they played in the Champions League finally in a few weeks. This shows that this is possible and that it doesn’t necessarily take three or four years to do it.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/rangnick-man-utd-ronaldo-future-26846777 Ralf Rangnick makes an "obvious" transfer statement in conversation about Cristiano Ronaldo