Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has spoken out ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham. The Red Devils go into the match on a high after beating Brentford last time out. And victory would boost their chances of securing Champions League football.
Speaking before the match with West Ham, Rangnick set the record straight on Ronaldo after the Portugal international was furious at coming off against Brentford.
“I think we shouldn’t make too much of a fuss out of it,” he said.
“I explained it to him during the game, that little conversation and I told him the same as what I just said in this press conference.
“The job of a football manager is to help his team win games and after the game at Villa Park it was clear we have to do things better.
“This time they did it better. The only question was who do we take off?
“Of course Cristiano, as a prolific goalscorer, he was asking ‘why me? Why didn’t you take off one of the younger players.’
“Football is not always maybe. It is about making a decision in the right moment.”
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Rangnick has confirmed Jadon Sancho’s availability for the game is uncertain.
The England international missed the win over Brentford due to a family bereavement.
“He didn’t train yesterday because he still asked us to not train,” he said.
“He attended a funeral on Wednesday, it still affected him quite a lot, he is expected back to training this afternoon at three o’clock, but right now I’m not sure if he will be available for the game tomorrow.
“It was an important member of the family, somebody he was close to all his life.
“I have to wait and see, speak to him before training and after training and take the decision.”
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Rangnick also opened up on the break-in of Victor Lindelof’s home.
The Sweden international’s family were left traumatised after thieves broke in to his property while he was playing.
“I spoke with him at length on our flight back home from London and also this morning,” he said.
“We spoke for 20 or 25 minutes, he told me what actually happened, that this was a traumatic event, especially for his wife and three year old son.
“He said to me right now he needs to stay at home, he doesn’t want to leave his wife and family on their own, which I can fully understand, being a father of two children myself. We agreed he will not be on duty tomorrow for the game.”
Jesse Lingard has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent weeks.
The England international has struggled for regular action at the club, despite dazzling during a loan spell with West Ham last season.
And Rangnick said: “Regarding Jesse, it’s the same as quite a few other players, he’s a really good player.
“It’s normal at other clubs, Newcastle showed interest in him but I am not the one dealing with that.
“If you ask me now what will happen in the next 10 days I cannot answer that question, I’m afraid.”
He added: “As I said, it’s the question of what does the player want, what other options does he have, does he have the chance to get game time, I cannot answer for him, it has to be done by the players.
“He’s a very good player, a technical player.
“Here at Manchester United it’s not so easy, we have other players who can play in that position and we cannot change from one game to another five or six positions.
“I know his contract is expiring in the summer, the question is what does he want to do I wouldn’t be unhappy if he stayed until the rest of the season because he is a player who can always play and I know the level.”
Rangnick has been impressed by the form of Diogo Dalot, who has thrived in the absence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
“Offensively, he has a lot of assets, he did well for somebody who can deliver crosses from the wing,” he said.
“He can take on players one on one situations.
“There is still space for improvement in his defensive work. He’s not that much of a defensive full-back, but more of an offensive full-back but this is normal.”