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Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United not only about Cristiano Ronaldo-Bruno Fernandes partnership

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and midfielder Bruno Fernandes. Photo: Oli Scarff/AFP

Published Jan 1, 2022


Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick said he hopes to improve the understanding between all his players on the pitch and not just Portuguese attackers Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes.

Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in all competitions since he rejoined the club in the close season while Fernandes -- one of United's key players last season -- has suffered a dip in form prompting questions on whether the pair can play together.

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Fernandes was suspended for United's 3-1 Premier League win over Burnley on Thursday and Rangnick said he was happy with the way his players adapted.

"Against Burnley, we had to play without Bruno and again we did well, we played with two strikers, two wingers, two number sixes, every player in his best possible position," Rangnick told Sky Sports.

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"This is another thing we're trying to achieve, no matter which formation we're trying to play we have every player in his best possible position.

"So it's not only about the partnership between Cristiano and Bruno, it's about partnerships between other players."

German Rangnick said he was especially pleased with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who played alongside Ronaldo.

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"Edinson was the player with the highest distance in the whole team," Rangnick said.

"Since we'll change the team and starting lineup every game it's about different partnerships and developing the whole team, and they should play with the same mindset and principles when we're in possession or the other team is in possession."

United, who are sixth in the table with 31 points from 18 games, take on Wolverhampton Wanderers in the league on Monday.

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