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EPL English Premier LeagueRalf Rangnick: "Cristiano isn’t a central striker. The club needs at least...

Ralf Rangnick: “Cristiano isn’t a central striker. The club needs at least two new strikers”

Ralf Rangnick has identified the striker position as the place where Manchester United needs enforcement. The German will step down as the interim manager at the end of the season. This will allow Erik ten Hag to take over as the manager next season. The German, however, will continue being a part of United.

“Cristiano isn’t a central striker or does not want to play in that position,” Ralf Rangnick said. “It’s obvious the club needs at least two new strikers who give this team more quality and more options. I wouldn’t even call it wingers.

“Two strikers and modern strikers, that do not necessarily have to be wingers. If you look into international football, there aren’t many top teams who still play with two strikers. Most play with either three strikers or a false nine.”

“If you look at Liverpool and Manchester City … they have in their squad five or six top-class strikers,” Rangnick said.

“Gabriel Jesus, until four weeks ago, hardly played [for City]. Now he’s playing again regularly. You look at the number of players they have and if you ask me is he playing as central striker or winger? Is Jack Grealish a winger or striker?

“They’re all strikers and can play in different positions. They can also switch, they can rotate. Those kinds of players, we don’t have that many.”