Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that a Premier League finish outside the top 3 would be unacceptable for Manchester United. Therefore, the five-time world player of the year has urged his teammates to ensure that the club turn around their recent poor form.
He went on to back new boss Ralf Rangnick to restore the club to its glory days but it would take time for the interim manager to implant his methods on the team.
The Red Devils sit 7th in the Premier League after suffering a 1 nil defeat to Wolves at Old Trafford in their last Premier League outing. Ronaldo told Sky Sports:
“Manchester United should win the league or be second or third. I don’t see any other position for Manchester United.
“In my heart, I don’t accept that our mentality be less than being in the top three in the Premier League, in my opinion.
“I think to build up good things sometimes you have to destroy a few things. New year, new life, I hope that Manchester can be at the level people want, especially the fans. We are capable of changing things now.
“We can do it better, all of us. I don’t want to be here in the club to fight to be in sixth or seventh place. I am here to try to win, to compete. I believe if we change our mind we can achieve big things.”
Rangnick was brought in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season. He appears to have steadied things but the team’s style has been heavily criticized amongst reports of disquiet within the squad.
Ronaldo said: “He arrived here five weeks ago. He changed many things but he needs time to put his ideas through the players and on the pitch.
“It takes time but I believe that he is going to do a good job. We know we don’t play the best football, as we should do, but we have many games to improve. Since he arrived I think in some points we are better, but he needs time.”