Where Cristiano Ronaldo believes Manchester United will finish in the Premier League this season

The United No.7 thinks Ralf Rangnick can help the club turn their fortunes around in the second half of the season.

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Manchester United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo believes they are doing ‘better’ in some aspects under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

The Red Devils’ No.7 believes the club can do well under the German’s guidance, but Rangnick needs time to implement his ideas.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Ronaldo emphasised that he thinks his boss will do a ‘good job’ at United and the squad has improved under the 63-year-old’s guidance.

“He arrived five weeks ago, and he changed many things, but he needs time to put his ideas to the players,” Ronaldo said.

"It takes time, but I believe that he is going to do a good job. We know we aren’t playing the best football, but we have many games to improve.

"Since he arrived, I think in some points we are better, but he needs time. It’s not that easy to change the mentality of players and the way they play, the system and the culture like that. I believe that he is going to do a good job.”

Ralf Rangnick and Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: GettyRalf Rangnick and Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Getty
Ralf Rangnick and Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Getty

‘We’re still capable of a good season’

The Red Devils are in the fourth round of the FA Cup, the last 16 of the Champions League and sit seventh in the Premier League, however, the Portuguese international remains positive the club can have a ‘good season’ come May.

"I still believe that we are capable of doing a good season. We knew it was going to take time to make the ideas of the new coach on the pitch,” he admitted.

"But I’m looking forward. We have to be professional, we have to work hard, we have to be together as players to change the page.

“We know we are not in the best moment, but I believe with working hard we can achieve important things, even this year."

Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: GettyCristiano Ronaldo Credit: Getty
Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Getty

Top three?

The 36-year-old later expressed his hunger to achieve success in his second spell at Old Trafford, specifying the second half of the season can be used to turn things around and reach the finish in the top three of the league.

"I don’t accept that our mentality be less than to be in the top three in the Premier League.

"[It’s a] new year, [we have] new life and I hope that Manchester [United] can be the level that people want, especially the fans. They deserve that.

"We are capable of changing things now. We can do it better, all of us. Manchester [United] belongs to important things, so we have to change that," he adds.

"I don’t want to be here to be in the club to fight to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I’m here to try to win, to compete.

"I think we compete, but we are not yet in our best level. But we have a long way to improve, and I believe if we change our mind, we can achieve big things."