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Ralf Rangnick reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo’s vicious “he’s not even a coach” comment

Ralf Rangnick reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo’s vicious “he’s not even a coach” comment

Former  Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick responded to Cristiano Ronaldo’s harsh criticism that he was “not even a coach” during their time at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo criticized Rangnick in his explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he accused Manchester United of betrayal and attempting to force him out of the club. 

Perhaps the most notable figure Ronaldo criticized was Red Devils head coach Erik ten Hag, but his predecessor was also in the firing line.

Rangnick left the club in May after winning only 11 of his 31 games as interim manager, despite an agreement that he would serve as a consultant for the next two years. However, this did not occur because Ten Hag desired a new beginning at Old Trafford.

During his tenure in the Old Trafford dugout, the club disregarded the interim manager’s transfer recommendations. Notably, Rangnick advised United to pursue six players, five of whom were attacking players and three of whom were pure strikers, including Erling Haaland, Alvaro Morata, and Dusan Vlahovic.

Rangnick prioritized United investing in their attack because he did not believe that Ronaldo, who turned 37 during the interim manager’s tenure, was the answer to the team’s problems in attack.

In his explosive interview, which is being published in its entirety this week, Ronaldo claimed that he had never heard of the German coach prior to his appointment last year, stating:  “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.”

Rangnick is the new manager of the Austrian national team, which is preparing for November friendlies against Andorra and Italy despite not competing in this year’s World Cup.

On Tuesday, he was questioned about Ronaldo’s interview and the remarks he made about him.

According to Kronen Zeitung, as reported by Sport Witness, Rangnick stated: “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.”

Rangnick’s silence mirrors that of other individuals who Ronaldo has criticized, including United and Ten Hag himself. The Portuguese superstar will represent his country at the World Cup this month, but he may have played his last game for United.

Ralf Rangnick reacts to Cristiano Ronaldo’s vicious “he’s not even a coach” comment

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