Cristiano Ronaldo was one big last-day transfer that increased the expectations from Manchester United. Ronaldo announced that he wanted to leave Juventus and under pressure from Manchester City, United made the decision to go on with his transfer.
With Ronaldo came hope for the United fans that perhaps this will finally be their year. However, all hopes were quickly extinguished as the team struggled to produce solid performances.
It has been a topsy turvy start for Manchester United this season
This marks the 4th managerial chapter since Sir Alex’s departure as Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s reign as Manchester United manager finally came to an end. The pressure was rising with the team struggling to deliver results.
Instead of hitting the ground running the club saw a drop in its standards. Cristiano did his part was the club’s savior in the Champions League. But depending Ronaldo to carry you through the group stages wasn’t good news for the club.
Things turned out worse for them in the Premier League as the club was only able to get 5 points from 8 PL games, the worst record for a Manchester United side ever. There was frustration within the camp which finally led to Ole’s departure.
Ronaldo has been firing but is disappointed with the team’s performance
Cristiano Ronaldo has had a great start with Manchester United. He still has a strong impact on the games and has single-handedly kept Manchester United’s Champions League campaign alive.
Ronaldo has 6 Champions League goals to his name in 5 appearances. Along with that he also has 6 goals and 2 assists to his name in 11 Premier Leagues games. Pretty good numbers from the 36-year-old.
However, Ronaldo himself would want the team to be less dependent on him. His heroics saved 4 points for Manchester United in the Champions League and if not for him they would be in a tough spot there too.
He was shocked by the drop in standards and was the first to raise concerns. When you watch Cristiano you can see the evident desire to win it all. Instead of being unhappy, it feels as if he is frustrated with the team’s performance.
He hates losing games and the disappointment is visible whenever his side suffers a defeat. The last 3 games under Michael Carrick as Interim Manager have lifted the spirits and now the stage is set for Ralf Rangnick to take over.
Will Ralf Rangnick’s arrival revive Manchester United?
The million-dollar question is that will Ronaldo and his game time be affected under the new manager. Under Ole Ronaldo started in just 9 out of 14 Premier League games for Manchester United. Ronaldo for one wants to start every game.
Will Ralf Rangnick hand over the attacking reins to him? or will CR7 need to put in more efforts to retain his place in the team. Ralf has been known for having an organized environment in the squad.
Ronaldo by his standards might not be in the best of form this season. Given his stature, it is very much possible that he may get a free pass if he continues to put in the numbers. However, one thing that will surely change under Ralf is the work rate of the team.
If you’re not playing hard enough there simply isn’t a place for you in Ralf’s side and that goes for everyone even Cristiano Ronaldo. United will be hoping that “The God Father” will be able to bring the best out of his players and finally end the club’s trophy drought.