Former Spartak Moscow midfielder Maxim Kalinichenko is baffled by how Ralf Rangnick will manage Manchester United.
Lokomotiv Moscow technical director Rangnick is set to be named United manager to the end of the season.
But Kalinichenko can’t see how the German and Cristiano Ronaldo can work together: “I don’t even know who I feel more sorry for, Rangnik, who will try to build his favourite pressure, or Cristiano, who is simply an outsider in this very component.
“How will the coach get out of the situation in which he, like the main star, simply does not fit the tactics. And not only does not fit, but absolutely flies out of it. By all parameters and pressure metrics, Cristiano is one of the worst in the league.
“It’s very interesting how Rangnick will get out of this stalemate. Putting Ronaldo in the lineup, the whole system and all the work in the cycle will collapse. Do not deliver, you get an angry star and a mess in the locker room. Well, there is another, fantastic scenario in which Cristiano will begin to do everything that the German says. Then I will definitely say that Ronaldo is cooler than (Lionel) Messi.”