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“Never heard of him” – Cristiano Ronaldo takes a jibe at former Manchester United manager

Ralf Rangnick with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ralf Rangnick with Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo takes a jibe at former Manchester United coach Ralf Rangnick

Speaking in a Piers Morgan Uncensored interview (via The Sun) (h/t Daily Star), Cristiano Ronaldo takes a jibe at former interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick claiming that he had never even heard of the German coach before he came to Manchester.

Rangnick was appointed as the caretaker manager of Man United for the latter half of last season after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Throughout his time here, there had been talks of a rift between the pair.

Now, the 37-year-old has claimed that he had absolutely no clue who Rangnick was until Man United appointed him and seemed to hint that the German tactician did not have the credentials to be a manager of the Red Devils.

It was a rather strange comment from the Portuguese forward because anyone who follows German football will have known how well-respected Rangnick is in that circle and a number of Premier League managers have been vocal about their admiration for him.

It is true that Rangnick might not have really succeeded during his time as Man United manager but that was more down to the fact that he did not get the time to properly implement his style of play here and had to do a rushed job.

Speaking about his former coach, Ronaldo’s comments do not really paint a good picture of his outlook towards the game.

“If you’re not even a coach, how are you going to be the boss of Manchester United? I’d never even heard of him”

Cristiano Ronaldo with Ralf Rangnick.
Cristiano Ronaldo with Ralf Rangnick.

It was during Rangnick’s time that Ronaldo’s downfall well and truly started. The German coach often kept him out of the starting XI or even brought him off during games, which is something the Portuguese was not really used to.

It made the pair’s relationship dicey back at that time but the German coach made decisions that he thought suited the team, even if it meant that he had to keep out someone of the quality of Ronaldo at times.

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Ronaldo clearly isn’t a fan of Rangnick but it doesn’t necessarily mean is a bad manager. The German coach has his own credentials and the Portuguese superstar should have refrained from making such comments about the current Austria manager.

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