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United Boss Rangnick Backs Ronaldo to Shine Against Atletico

INTERNATIONAL: Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is hoping Cristiano Ronaldo can reproduce his form from the weekend when they face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday 14th March.

Portugal forward returned from a hip injury to roll back the years with a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday, laying claim to the all-time leading scorer record in professional football with 807 goals.

With the last-16 tie at home to Atletico level at 1-1 after the first leg in Madrid, Rangnick said he had no concerns that Ronaldo, 37, might struggle after his exertions against Spurs.


"I'm not, I'm not worried that he's not been able to recover. So far he's always been a person who looks quite a lot after himself , his body. He exactly knows what to do. So I'm not worried about that. If he can score another three goals, we will see. I mean, it's not so easy to score three goals against this team at all. But, I think his overall performance was just, was just good, if not even very good, and this is obviously what we hope to get from him again tomorrow night, but it's not only about Cristiano, it's about the whole team. We saw in the first half in Madrid what we shouldn't do, how we should not play, and this was obviously a big topic for us yesterday and today when we spoke pre-match about tomorrow's game. So we have to know what it takes and what it tactically takes and the rest is all about energy. I think we were the team on Saturday against Spurs who just wanted to win that game and that was obvious, became obvious. Our supporters played a vital role and realised how much we wanted to win that game and tomorrow it will be similar."

"Yes, it's very important (not to concede first). Even more so against a team like Atletico, who don't mind the other team having the ball. I mean in the last four or five games they played including their league games, they had less than 50% possession of the ball. So, we are aware of that, and we need to make sure that we, if possible don't concede at all, but yes it would be definitely important to score the first goal ourselves."

United winger Anthony Elanga netted in the 80th minute to cancel out an early goal by Atletico's Joao Felix in the first leg and Rangnick said his team needed to show better focus at Old Trafford so they did not have to chase the game again.

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