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Ralf Rangnick hails Cristiano Ronaldo's 'best game' for Man Utd following Spurs hat-trick

Sean Walsh
Ronaldo was sensational
Ronaldo was sensational / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has revelled in the overall performance Cristiano Ronaldo put in during their 3-2 win over Tottenham and not just his match-winning hat-trick.

The Portuguese superstar became football's all-time leading scorer by FIFA's records with his latest treble, taking his career tally to 807 goals.

He opened the scoring with a piledriver from nearly 30 yards before a poacher's finish put United 2-1 up going into half-time, and his header ten minutes from time earned the Red Devils a huge win in the race for a Champions League place.

However, Rangnick was quick to point to Ronaldo's other contributions to Saturday's win.

"Since I arrived, this was his best performance. Not only because he scored three goals - two brilliant goals, plus the second was a perfect vertical ball from Nemanja Matic and the best possible box square from Jadon [Sancho] - but he was also energetically good really today," Rangnick told Sky Sports.

"He was part of the whole team. We had to defend and we had to defend a lot, so a top performance by him but also by the rest of the team.

"I didn't expect him to score three goals but I expected him to score! That's why I decided to play him, although he only resumed training on Thursday. But his training session on Thursday was so good that I decided to bring him from the start and not have him on the bench. In the end it was the right decision."

United climb back into the top four with a win, though have played a staggering four games more than fifth-placed Arsenal who sit two points behind them.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, is now level with Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane in second place in the Premier League's top scorer standings with 12 goals.