Ralf Rangnick compares pressing to "pregnancy" in more bad news for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has saved Manchester United's blushes on more than one occasion already this season, but he could be in for a rude awakening under new interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick, 63, is expected to be confirmed on a six-month deal until the end of the season, before moving upstairs and taking on a two year consultancy role at Old Trafford.

The German is credited as the Godfather of gegenpressing, a style of play that is now widely used by disciples such as Thomas Tuchel and Jurgen Klopp.

There's little doubt about how Rangnick will want United to play, even if it is to the detriment of stars like Portuguese ace Ronaldo.

In a video on The Coaches Voice YouTube channel, the incoming Red Devils boss said: "You need to be aware what kind of football you really want to play.

"A little bit of pressing? Come on, what is a little bit of pressing? A little bit of pressing is like a little bit of pregnant. Either you are pregnant or not? Either you want to play pressing or not?"

How that will go down with 36-year-old Ronaldo remains to be seen.

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Now in the twilight of his career, the former Real Madrid and Juventus man is not a particularly willing runner, as his stats this season bear out.

The veteran forward is still in excellent shape, although his tendency to conserve energy and come alive in the box, while acting as a passenger when United are without the ball, does not bode well for Rangnick's arrival.

So far this season, Ronaldo has managed just 39 pressures off the ball compared to Phil Foden's 133, for example.

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"High pressing, counter-pressing football," Rangnick says when asked to describe his philosophy. "Fast, proactive, exciting. We do not like back passes to the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper should have the fewest touches."

Once Rangnick gets his feet under the table at Old Trafford, he could have a big decision to make regarding how, or indeed, if, to use Ronaldo.

It's a conundrum that ultimately cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job, and one that could have a big impact on how well the new man in the hotseat performs during his short time in charge.

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