Rangnick: CR7 doesn't want to play that position

English Premier League

According to Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick, there is a, perhaps surprising, position that Cristiano Ronaldo does not want to play in.

The Portuguese forward has impressed in his second homecoming at Old Trafford, with 24 goals in all competitions as things stand this season. 

This is a common feat for Ronaldo, who has scored more than 20 times across all competitions for the 16th consecutive campaign this year, according to 90min.  

Despite him being 37 years old, the Red Devils have become increasingly reliant on the veteran, who has scored nine of the team's past 12 goals in the EPL. 

However, his current boss Rangnick has now insisted the club needs two more strikers, and made a surprising claim about Ronaldo in the process.  

"Cristiano is not a central striker or does not want to play in that position," the German coach said in a post-match presser after the Red Devils' 3-0 win over Brentford on Monday night, per United's official website. 

"It's obvious that the club needs, I would say, at least, two new strikers who just 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. 

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"If you look into international football, there are not that many top teams who still play with two strikers. Most of the international top teams play with either three strikers or with a false nine." 

Speculation persists over whether or not the Portuguese superstar will still be at the Theatre of Dreams next season, although Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial are likely to part ways with the club, which could leave incoming manager Erik ten Hag with little options up front.   

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