Ralf Rangnick lauds Cristiano Ronaldo for scoring a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Norwich City 3-2
Ralf Rangnick has delivered his verdict on Cristiano Ronaldo following his hat-trick as Manchester United beat Norwich City by a 3-2 scoreline. The talisman had to step up once again to prevent his side from dropping points against another relegation-threatened side after they had lost to Everton in the last matchday.
Man United took control of the game early in the match as two goals from Ronaldo in the first half put them in contention to get all three points. While Norwich committed mistakes in both those goals, the superstar still played a part in getting his team over the line. The visitors turned the game around and eventually levelled the scoring, but Cristiano stepped in to score a freekick, albeit Tim Krul committed a mistake.
Speaking after the league fixture (h/t The Express), Rangnick expressed that the Portuguese international’s performance was similar to the one against Tottenham Hotspur when he scored another hat-trick to give all three points to the Red Devils. The boss also added that the goals scored by the striker were simply brilliant on the day.
“Quite like against Tottenham he was very crucial today. The second and third goals are not easy goals. The way that he took those, the second and the third, was just outstanding.”
Another decisive performance!
The 37-year-old received some flak for his performances in the past few weeks, but he has responded with a fine display against the Canaries. While fortune did favour him once again in all of those goals, his impact certainly cannot be overlooked.
That being said, we must not be proud of this display as it showcases our fragilities to a greater extent. Dean Smith’s side, who are struggling dead last in the Premier League, gave us a run for our money which does not look good on us despite the win.
While Fred’s and Scott McTominay’s absence did play a great part in our defensive issues, it is still baffling how the visitors received many chances to put the game to bed. A better side could probably have punished us, but fortunately, that was not the case this time around.
The players must take this victory as a warning sign to raise their level rather than being content with our display. That is especially the case looking at our remaining fixture list, which is arguably our toughest run of this season.
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Tottenham’s and Arsenal’s respective defeats have brought us back into the mix in the pursuit of a top-four finish in the league table. Champions League football is a major factor when it comes to attracting transfer targets or the financial boost, which we could use to back the next man in charge.
Hence, let’s hope that the Manchester club would be ready to perform much better so that they have a greater shot at achieving that objective.