Doubts on Ronaldo’s future at Man United after Rangnick quotes on Ibrahimovic and Atalanta emerge

by | Nov 26, 2021 13:28

Ralf Rangnick’s destiny seems to be strangely linked with Stefano Pioli’s while the German tactician’s quotes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic could raise doubts about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

Rangnick was supposed to replace Pioli at Milan after the 2019-20 campaign, but the Rossoneri’s brilliant results under the Italian tactician after the lockdown convinced the Serie A giants to trash the agreement they had reached with Rangnick, confirming Pioli at the helm.

Rangnick was so close to joining Milan that Zvonimir Boban resigned at the beginning of 2020 as he disapproved of Ivan Gazidis’ choice.

Quite incredibly, Pioli signed a contract extension with Milan today, while Rangnick has reached an agreement to take over at Manchester United on an interim basis.

How Milan flourished after Ralf Rangnick snub

Somehow, their destinies seem to be linked and many Milan fans are wondering what would have happened with the German tactician in charge of the Rossoneri.

Surely, they would not have enjoyed the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Simon Kjaer, who were not in Rangnick’s plans at San Siro.

“It’s not my style to insist on 38-year-old players, not because they are not good enough, and Ibra certainly is, but because I prefer to create value, develop talent,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport in August 2020.

“For me, it makes little sense to bet on Ibra or Kjaer, but it is my idea, neither right nor wrong.”

During the same interview, the 63-year-old also praised Atalanta‘s model.

“Young players learn more quickly, Milan have an example which is just 30 km away and that’s Atalanta,” he said.

“They have a third of Milan’s turnover, but they finish ahead in the standings. They make smart investments, they have one of the best youth sectors in Europe.”

The German coach doesn’t seem to be a fan of ‘experienced’ players, not to say old.

Back in 2016, he said that both Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were too old and CR7 was only 31 at that time. Now, he’ll become CR7’s coach in Manchester.

It’s fair to say that, given how the Rossoneri evolved with Ibra, it would have been a mistake to part ways with the Swede had Rangnick got the Milan job.


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  1. jones

    I think he has a valid point. Ibra is having a good moment, but he’s spent the majority of his time at Milan watching from the stands due to injuries. To start a lineup based around Ronaldo at his age is stupid, even if he scores, which he does, but at what cost?

  2. putuco

    This guy is so full of himself…. I predict a fail of epic proportions at Manchester. United is not a team to wait for a project…. I give him max a season
    And Milan did the right thing with Pioli. Pioli himself is creating more value than Rangnick has ever dream

  3. Rosso Joburg

    You can’t really compare quotes on Milan who were in a rebuilding phase and had no money with the current situation of Man U who have a star packed team and tons of Money (and Debt).

  4. Feroli

    Let’s see what happens. Ronaldo is an ‘investment’ in the social media sense – so perhaps he has to play? Will the interim manager or the owners decide the team? Surely he wouldn’t take the job if it was the latter.

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