Rangnick backs Ronaldo to be fresh for Atleti clash after Spurs heroics

Rangnick backs Ronaldo to be fresh for Atleti clash after Spurs heroics

UEFA Champions LeagueUEFA Champions League

Manchester United GL:1/2.25/0.9

0 1

5 2

Atletico Madrid AH:0.86/-0.25/1.04

6' - Corner Kick - Manchester United16' - Corner Kick - Atletico Madrid29' - Corner Kick - Manchester United41' - Goal - Atletico Madrid43' - Yellow Card - Atletico Madrid45' - Corner Kick - Manchester United63' - Corner Kick - Atletico Madrid67' - scheduleType11 - Manchester United67' - scheduleType11 - Manchester United67' - scheduleType11 - Manchester United76' - scheduleType11 - Manchester United80' - scheduleType11 - Atletico Madrid81' - Yellow Card - Manchester United81' - Yellow Card - Atletico Madrid83' - Corner Kick - Manchester United84' - scheduleType11 - Manchester United87' - Yellow Card - Manchester United90' - Corner Kick - Manchester United90' - scheduleType11 - Atletico Madrid90' - scheduleType11 - Atletico Madrid HT
0.00% Who Will Win? 0.00%

Ralf Rangnick has no concerns over Cristiano Ronaldo's powers of recovery as Manchester United prepare to face Atletico Madrid three days on from his match-winning performance against Tottenham.

Cristiano Ronaldo has a tremendous record against Atletico Madrid

Having missed the Manchester derby due to a hip flexor injury, Ronaldo's hat-trick lifted United to a crucial 3-2 win at Old Trafford as they chase a place in the Premier League top four and Champions League football for next season.

Their attention now turns to this campaign's Champions League competition and the second leg of their last-16 tie with Atletico on Tuesday.

United drew 1-1 in the first leg in Madrid, and the emphasis is likely to be placed on Ronaldo to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

Ronaldo has netted 13 goals in his last 15 home games against Atletico across all competitions.

That figure includes a pair of hat-tricks in his four most recent such meetings with the Rojiblancos, both of which came in the Champions League.

He scored a hat-trick against Atletico in the 2017 semi-finals for Real Madrid and repeated the feat for Juventus in the round of 16 in 2019 as the Bianconeri completed a remarkable second-leg turnaround.

Rangnick is unsure whether Ronaldo has another treble in his locker this time around, but is confident the 37-year-old will be ready to try to fire the Red Devils into the last eight.

He told a media conference on Monday: "I'm not worried that he has not been able to recover so far. He's always been a person who looks quite a lot after himself, his body, he exactly knows what to do so I'm not worried about that.

"If he can score another three goals we will see. It's not so easy to score three goals against this team at all. His overall performance was just good [against Tottenham], if not even very good, and this is obviously what we hope to get from him again tomorrow night.

"It's not only about Cristiano, it's about the whole team. We saw in the first half in Madrid what we shouldn't do, how we should not play, this was obviously a big topic for us yesterday and today when we spoke pre-match about tomorrow's game.

"We have to know what it takes and what it tactically takes and the rest is all about energy. We were the team on Saturday against Spurs who just wanted to win that game and that was obvious.

"Our supporters played a vital role; they realised how much we wanted to win that game and tomorrow it will be similar."

Bruno Fernandes was said to be in a race to be available to face Atletico after contracting COVID-19. However, Rangnick confirmed he trained on Monday after testing negative.

Left-back Luke Shaw is a "small question-mark" for the game but trained on Sunday and Monday.

FootballAnt: The world's best football tipsters community, had a lot of winning tips everyday. Join now and gain the most reliable football tipsters and help you make money from betting.