Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick praised Cristiano Ronaldo and joked that he intends to send the star to Portugal more often between Premier League games. Ronaldo scored a hat trickhis first for the Old Trafford club in 14 years as United outclassed Tottenham Hotspur in a crucial league game on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo was driven and determined when he scored the opening goal, a screamer from well outside the box to put United ahead. However, Spurs equalized twice but Ronaldo was relentless as he scored the second with a tap and the winner with a superb header.
With the hat-trick, Ronaldo also wrote himself into the history of professional football as the all-time top scorer – 807 goals.
There has been much speculation as Ronaldo missed last week’s Manchester derby through injury. Ronaldo traveled back to Portugal to recover, although players including Roy Keane questioned the authenticity of manager Rangnick’s injury statement.
Ronaldo, however, has doused all the rumors with a dominant performance against Spurs, reaffirming his total commitment to the Red Devils.
“We were just joking a bit, maybe it makes sense to send him to Portugal for three days, then not let him train for two days and then send him back to training on Thursday,” said Rangnick.
“By the way, he played at a similar level in training on Thursday. That’s why after this training session, even though he was out for a week, I decided to play him from the start. Maybe we still have to do that.” the rest of the season.”
“RONALDO MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”
Rangnick said he was delighted with Ronaldo’s performance and wished for such a reaction from the side after they were hammered by City in last week’s Manchester derby.
“He certainly made the difference with his three goals. But not just because of the three goals, I think that was his best performance, at least since I’ve been here, with and without the ball.”
“I think the whole squad reacted exactly as we expected after a poor second half at the Etihad (stadium). Coming back after two equalizers today also showed the team’s mentality.”
Ronaldo’s form will give Manchester United a big boost when they take on Atletico Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League round of 16 second leg, the first leg ending in a 1-1 draw.