Ralf Rangnick has heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo but warned that the Portugal star ‘can’t do things on his own’ for Manchester United.
United hope Ronaldo will return to action at Brentford on Wednesday after missing the last two games – against Aston Villa in the FA Cup and Premier League – with a hip problem.
The 36-year-old posted a photo of himself with teammates in training on Monday before flying to Switzerland to receive an honour at the FIFA Best Awards for becoming the top international goal scorer of all time.
Ralf Rangnick says he was ‘convinced’ that Cristiano Ronaldo would play against Aston Villa
A minor muscle injury ruled the Portuguese out of United’s 2-2 draw with Villa on Saturday
Rangnick paid tribute to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who has scored 14 goals since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer, but insists that all the United players need to step up to the plate.
Asked if he should build a team around Ronaldo because of his record, the United interim boss said: ‘One does not exclude the other. What he has done with his career so far is amazing: 800 goals in competitive games, no-one has achieved that in the last 80 or 100 years. That shows what kind of exceptional player he is.
‘But the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and he cannot do things on his own. He is one important member of this team and that’s how we have to develop.’
On Ronaldo’s availability for Brentford, Rangnick added: ‘He was not available for Aston Villa but trained for the first time yesterday. He will train again today and then we will see if he is available tomorrow.
‘In the press conference before Villa, I was convinced Cristiano would be available and he wasn’t.’
Ronaldo was honoured with a special award on Monday night and Rangnick hailed his striker
However, he stressed that the Portuguese can’t do everything on his own to help United