Ralf Rangnick disagrees with Cristiano Ronaldo claim after Man Utd beat Arsenal

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Ralf Rangnick insists Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to be ‘the difference’ for Manchester United (Getty/Reuters)

Ralf Rangnick has dismissed suggestions that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be suited to the style of football he wants to implement at Manchester United.

Ronaldo scored twice to help United secure a 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Thursday evening, taking his tally to 12 goals in 16 appearances this season.

But the 36-year-old has faced criticism over his lack of pressing during the final months of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.

However, Rangnick is adamant that Ronaldo will play an important part during his stint as interim manager at United.

‘You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have available, not vice versa,’ Rangnick said when asked about Ronaldo on Friday.

‘Having seen Cristiano yesterday in the second half [against Arsenal], at the age of 36, amazing, top professional, at his age I’ve never seen a player who is still that physically fit.

‘He is still a player who can easily make the difference.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal (Getty)

‘It’s about how can we develop the whole team, it’s not only about Cristiano.

‘We play in the most competitive league in the world, so we need all the players on board.

‘What I saw from Cristiano yesterday, he’s more than willing to do that, to put his input into the team and the other teammates will have to do the same.’

Rangnick also warned United supporters that he will need to time to make changes to the team’s style of play.

‘I think to gain control on games in the future it’s got to do with playing proactively, no matter if we have the ball ourselves or if the other team is in possession,’ said the German.

‘It’s about helping the team to play together, it’s about togetherness, it’s also about team spirit, we saw it yesterday, if we compare the two halves it was completely different. Having these unique fans behind us, this will help the team to gain confidence, we could see it in the second half.

‘Obviously it’s not easy, I cannot do it in one or two training sessions, not even in one or two weeks.

‘It’s not about playing pressing or counter-pressing for pressing sakes, it’s about control, this is the major target.’

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