Champions League: Rangnick Backs Ronaldo To Shine Against Atletico Madrid

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to continue his goalscoring form when the Red Devils take on Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the Uefa Champions League clash.

The first leg ended 1-1 in Spain, United are set to welcome the Spanish champions to Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick against Tottenham on Sunday to hand his club the maximum points.

“His overall performance was good, if not very good, and this is what we hope to see from him again tomorrow night,” the interim manager told a news conference on Monday.

“I’m not worried that he’s not been able to recover. He’s always been a person that looks after himself and his body. He knows what to do.

“If he can score another three goals, we will see. It’s not easy to score three goals against this team at all.”

“We saw in the first half in Madrid what we shouldn’t do, how we shouldn’t play, and this was a big topic for us yesterday and today when we spoke pre-match about tomorrow’s game,” he added.

“We have a fantastic opportunity to be in the top eight teams of Europe and this is exactly what we’re trying to achieve.

“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.

“In their last four or five games, they had less than 50 per cent possession. We are aware of that, we want to try not to concede at all if possible, but it will be important to score the first goal ourselves.”

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