What Mauricio Pochettino has said about Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United’s next manager for next season remains unclear with one of Erik Ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino the most likely options.
Pochettino has been touted by The Mail as a manager who could bring back the Sir Alex Ferguson style fear to United’s top players, arguing he would give the team the sense of direction it needs.
The big question for any new boss is what to do with Cristiano Ronaldo, and what we do know for certain, is Pochettino is a huge admirer of the 807-goal star.
Speaking to Marca in 2017, Pochettino spoke highly of Ronaldo’s qualities on and off the pitch: “”He’s a phenomenon. He has been awarded ‘The Best’ and the truth is that he deserves it.
“In addition to his qualities as a professional, he is an example. He never tires of repeating that the secret is to work hard, to strive, to take care of himself. Every player should apply it.”
Ronaldo could be a leader
Ronaldo has a contract until 2023 which can be extended to 2024. Nobody would begrudge him leaving United if he wanted to, but there are not many options of big clubs who could afford his salary and need a striker.
So it is important United hire a manager who Ronaldo can really get behind and buy into, and his comments will encourage the number 7 that the Argentine is a manager who will support him.
Pochettino will want his players to knuckle down and focus, and have a highly professional approach, and there really is no better example in world football than Ronaldo.
If United’s players cannot apply themselves in the same way Ronaldo does, or show a lack of willingness to work, Pochettino has reason to send them packing.
Every manager wants a leader in the dressing room to back him up and set an example. Pochettino has already spoken up for Ronaldo’s work ethic, and if given the chance, he will undoubtedly show him his full support.