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Ralf Rangnick responds to Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo’s brutal comments

Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Manchester United German Interim head coach Ralf Rangnick (R) shake hands after the final whistle of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 5, 2021.
Manchester United's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo and former interim head coach Ralf Rangnick. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ralf Rangnick says “not my job to judge” when asked about statements of Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has refused to comment on the statements made by Cristiano Ronaldo. The German manager feels it is not his job to judge the Portugal international.

The 37-year-old sat down and spoke with Piers Morgan. During their discussion, the forward criticised the Red Devils’ appointment of Rangnick after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner stated that he had never heard of the German head coach.

Speaking to the media via Manchester Evening News, the former United interim head coach was asked about Ronaldo’s interview. However, he was coy about the Portuguese icon’s utterances.

Ralf Rangnick has distanced himself from the statements made by Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ralf Rangnick has distanced himself from the statements made by Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I’m the team boss of Austria’s national team, it’s not my job to judge that. (It’s) the job of Manchester United and the sports journalists.”

In November 2021, the Red Devils sacked their Norwegian manager and decided to bring in Rangnick on an interim basis, with a consultancy role for a further two years.

Unfortunately, the German was unable to steer the Old Trafford side in the right direction. We ended the previous season on a low, finishing sixth in the Premier League.

Subsequently, Erik ten Hag was handed the baton in the United dugout and Rangnick ended his stint at the club. Currently, the German manages the national team of Austria.

Prior to his arrival in Manchester, Rangnick had made a name for himself in Germany. He managed multiple clubs, such as Hannover 96, Schalke 04 and TSG Hoffenheim.

The German then worked as a sporting director at RB Leipzig and sister club Red Bull Salzburg. In between, he also took charge of the Saxony-based club in two different stints.

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Rangnick is one of the most respected faces in the game. For Ronaldo to take aim at our former interim head coach is distasteful and in a lot of ways, needless. It’s perhaps time to part ways with CR7 – it’s just a shame that things are coming to an end in such a manner.

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