Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo is confident interim manager Ralph Rangnick will succeed with the Premier League club, but believes the German coach needs time to inculcate his ideas and develop the team.
Rangnick took charge until the end of the season after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked in November after a string of poor results, and the media questioned the players’ dissatisfaction with the 63-year-old’s style.
Ronaldo told Sky Sports: Since he came. He changed many things. But he needs time to inculcate his ideas. I think he will do a good job, we know we are not doing well but we have a lot of games to improve. I think the team has improved in some things since he arrived. It is not easy to change the players mentality, playing style, culture and system easily.
United suffered their first defeat with Rangnick when they lost 1-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers last week, and the team is seventh in the league with 31 points after the end of the half season.
“I do not accept that our mentality is less than the first three places in the league,” Ronaldo said. I think in order to build good things you need to tear down some things. So why not, a new year, a fresh start and I hope United reach the level the fans want, they deserve it.
He added: We are able to change now, I know the style, but I will not mention it here because it is not ethical for me to say that. What I can say is that we can all do a better job. I’m here to try to win and compete for titles.
United plays 14th-placed Aston Villa on Saturday.