Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick hails Cristiano Ronaldo for giving his best performance of the season

Arjun Singh Devgan
Ronaldo was brilliant for Man United on return from injury
Ronaldo was brilliant for Man United on return from injury / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick has hailed footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo following his match winning performance for the Red Devils as he led them to a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.

Ronaldo was a source of major controversy last week after he flew to Portugal amid injury concerns, but he returned back after just two days of training this week to revive United's hopes of a top-four finish as they beat Spurs 3-2.

Rangnick for his part admitted that managing Ronaldo is a "challenge", while reiterating that this was his best performance of the season.

'We were just joking and maybe it makes sense to send him to Portugal for three days, then have him not training for two days, then have him back training on Thursday, if that's the way he performs. Maybe we'll have to do that for the rest of the season," he said post the game.

"He was on a similar level in training on Thursday by the way, which is why I decided after that training session to play him from the start. He made the difference for sure, but not only for the three goals. That was the best performance from him, at least since I arrived here, on and off the ball.

"Yeah it is challenging. It's a challenge with a player like him. But he showed today that he's still got the quality to play for a club like Manchester United. If we want to be successful at the end of the season, we have to do it together.

"He showed that he is physically able to do that, but we also have to admit he has not always been like that the past couple of weeks and months," the German added.

The win on the night ensured that United have now moved to fourth place in the league table with 50 points from 29 games, though they have played four more games than closest competitors, Arsenal.