Manchester United coach Ralf Rangnick said he did not expect striker Cristiano Ronaldo to score three goals (hat trick) against Tottenham Hotspur in the 29th week of the English Premier League at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, Sunday (13/3) early morning WIB.
Quoted from the club’s official website, Sunday (13/3), Rangnick said he did expect Ronaldo to score, but not up to three and that was the reason he played the Portuguese player even though he had just returned to training last Thursday (10/3).
“Fine, I didn’t expect him to score three goals, but I expected him to score. That’s why I decided to play him, even though he only returned to training on Thursday,” Rangnick said.
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The German coach explained in a training session last Thursday (10/3), Ronaldo was able to show his best ability and in the end he decided to field the 37-year-old from the start, not from the bench and it was the right decision.
“His training session on Thursday (10/3) was very good. That’s why I decided to play him from the start not to keep him on the bench. In the end, it was the right decision,” said Rangnick.
Rangnick went on to say that Ronaldo was able to make the difference in this match, not only because of his three-goal record but the work ethic he showed on the pitch.
According to Rangnick, Ronaldo’s movement when Spurs had the ball was his best performance since he became Manchester United coach last November.
He hopes that Ronaldo can stay fit for the rest of the season and it is hoped that the team and Ronaldo’s next matches will put on a performance like last night.
“He made the difference today of course. But it wasn’t just the three goals he scored, also his work on the ball when Tottenham had it was his best performance by far.”
“Let’s hope he stays fully fit for the rest of the season and we will see games like this from the whole team and also from Cristiano.” (Ant/OL-1)