In one of the most sincere interviews in recent years, Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has made it clear that he wants to see an improvement in the club, which he thinks his performance is not achieving.
Ronaldo sat down for more than 20 minutes for a video interview that was widely distributed to Premier League rights holders around the world. He did not regret the current state of the club, which sits in seventh place and loses 22 points in first place.
“Manchester is one of the important things.” We need to change that. I don’t want to fight for sixth, seventh or fifth place here in the club. I’m here to try to win, to compete, and I think we’re competing, but we’re not at our best yet. But we have a long way to go, and I believe that if we change our minds, we can achieve great things.
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“I believe you have a few things we need to change,” Ronaldo said later in an interview. “We have a long way to go. But I believe. New Year and we have to believe that things will change for the better. “
These words do not dispel rumors that he wants to leave the club. But when Ronaldo was urged on what exactly needed to change, he hesitated to speak. He obviously had his opinion, but he would keep it to himself.
“I’m not the right person (to say) we have to change this or that,” said Ronaldo, who has 16 goals to lead the team. “Let’s be honest, in the last five, six games do you think Manchester (United) played very well? No. You know. Everyone knows that.
“We have to be positive to try to change things, to play the way Manchester United fans want, and the history of the club. That is why we will not give up. The only ones who give up are the guys who are mentally weak.
“I’m a player, I’m not a coach.” I’m not president. I know the way, but as you know, I won’t mention it here because I don’t think it’s (ethical) for me to say it. What I can say and something we have under control is that we can do better. All of us: collective, individual, all. “
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Ronaldo questions the mentality of the Man United players
Ronaldo did his best to be one of the players he said needed to increase their game in order for the club to take a step forward. But it was also clear from the interview that he did not think there were teammates who were sensitive to this report.
He talked about his youth experience and how he was driven to success by the advice of older teammates. He does not observe a similar response from the players of his current team.
“I remember when I was 18, 19, 20, some old players talked to me, but I said it as ‘Cristiano, you have to improve,’ but other people don’t accept it when you criticize them. “Sometimes when you’re a little tougher, they do the opposite.” You have to find the right balance to talk to them.
“But in my opinion, it should come from within you.” You should be proud of yourself and look in the mirror and say, ‘Listen, I gave everything.’ And I think we should all do it. Because (is) the new year, we are changing the page. We have to win a lot of things and we have to believe it, because if we don’t, it will be a nightmare. “
“If I give you advice, even if you are younger than me and you do not (realize) it in your daily life, it will be difficult. You can talk to that person all day. If it (doesn’t) come from within you, it’s impossible. “
Ronaldo continued to hammer the need for players to follow themselves and try to reach a higher level. He feels that it is an individual mentality that will ultimately translate into team success.
“Mentality is most important to me.” To be professional, to help the team, the right mentality, thinking, positive. I think all the details depend on you – not the coaches, the fans, the press. Depends on you. If you are proud of yourself and have some dignity, I think you have to do much more. And it starts with me.
“We are here to help you. If and when (other younger players) need my help, my support and advice, I will be number one in help, “Ronaldo continued. “But if you don’t want my help, do your job, look for yourself and do our best to help the team.”
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Ronaldo sets expectations for 2022 for Man United
Ronaldo missed a recent FA Cup victory with “a little pain”, but said he believed it would be available for next Saturday’s match at Aston Villa.
Manchester United made it to the 32nd round of the FA Cup, is in the 16th round of the UEFA Champions League and six points from fourth place in the league table, which would guarantee advancement to the next season of the prestigious Champions League.
There are 19 Premier League matches left – and more cup matches, depending on how far the Red Devils advance in both competitions. Ronaldo specified the goals for the remaining four months of the season:
“Right now. I hope to win one title, I will advance in the Champions League (round 16 and at least – right now as we are -) in the top four (in the Premier League).
However, the goal is ultimately to be back on par with the elite in the Premier League and Champions League, namely the other three English clubs, all of which have reached the Champions League final every three years and which currently occupy the top three in EPL.
“Winning a league is a marathon.” It’s not a 100-meter sprint. You have to be consistent. That’s why the best team in England is probably Manchester City and Liverpool and Chelsea, as they are more consistent than the other teams.
But we have to look at it (the best teams) and believe that we are able to do it the same way. We know it is difficult and we need to improve. But I believe. Some things need to change, but I believe we have potential here. So we have to do the right thing. It’s the only way to be at the level of the teams I mentioned earlier.
“As I told you and I will repeat, some things must change.”
What does Cristiano think of the new manager, Rangnick?
When it comes to change, Ronaldo says new coach Ralf Rangnick has done a lot.
Although Ronaldo did not conspicuously identify Rangnick by name in the interview, he says the German manager needs more time. And Portuguese legend hopes that before the Champions League round of 16 against Atletic Madrid begins on February 23, the Red Devils will be even better in their curve.
“He (Rangnick) arrived here five weeks ago. He changed a lot of things. But he needs time to push his ideas among the players and on the field. It takes time. But I believe he will do a good job,” Ronaldo said.
“It takes time. It’s not that easy to change the mentality of the players and the way they play, their system and their culture. So I believe he will do a good job.”
It turned out loud and clear that Ronaldo loves Manchester United – where he became a global icon from 2003-2009 – its tradition and everything it represents. And it is obvious that the period that lasts him hurts. He is desperate to succeed for himself and the club he believes he deserves, and more.
“I think sometimes you have to destroy a few things to build good things.” So why not? New year, new life and I hope Manchester can have the level that people want, especially fans. He deserves it.
“Manchester United should win the league or be second or third.” To be honest, I don’t see other (table) positions for Manchester United. In my eyes, I do not accept that our mentality is, in my opinion, worse than being in the top 3 in the Premier League. “