Ralf Rangnick accepts blame for failing to turn Man United’s season around
‘Should have done BETTER’: Ralf Rangnick takes the blame for Man United’s dismal season… as he admits he has had to make ‘compromises’ after realizing Cristiano Ronaldo ‘is not a pressing monster’
- Ralf Rangnick was put in charge for the last six months of the season.
- He has failed to guide Manchester United to a top-four finish this term.
- He has accepted that he must be blamed for the failures on his side.
- Rangnick has hinted that he should have realized Cristiano Ronaldo would have a hard time pressing from the front.
Ralf Rangnick accepted the blame for Manchester United’s collapse this season by acknowledging that he shouldn’t have expected a team led by Cristiano Ronaldo to embrace a forceful press.
Rangnick wanted to bring a high-octane game to Old Trafford when he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November, but was unable to find a successful Plan B when it became clear the current side were not ready for it.
United have lost their last five away games and need to beat Crystal Palace today to ensure they finish sixth and avoid falling out of the Europa Conference League next season when Erik ten Hag will be in charge. Rangnick admitted: ‘We never got close to that aggressive, proactive football that I would normally like to do. It has to do with the physical if you want to play like that. I should have done better and developed this team in a more sustainable way.
Ralf Rangnick has admitted he should have done better during his time at Man United
I don’t blame Cristiano at all, he did very well in the games, but he’s not a pressing monster. Even when he was young, he didn’t yell, “The other team has the ball, where can we win balls?”
‘The same thing happened with quite a few other players, so we had to make concessions at one point. We never find the right balance between what we need with and without the ball.”
Rangnick will be Austria’s national team manager next season, but will retain a minor role at United as an adviser.
He says Ten Hag’s appointment should at least give United an idea of what kind of players they need in the summer transfer window when there will be places in the squad with Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.
Rangnick has said he should have accepted Cristiano Ronaldo’s lack of pressure sooner
Rangnick expects incoming coach Erik ten Hag to make changes to the team
“If you saw the way Erik’s Ajax team plays or his Under 23 team at Bayern Munich, it’s pretty obvious how he wants to play and what kind of players he needs.”
There will be changes. I think it’s obvious to everyone, the owners and all the supporters, we need to step up and raise the level of quality within the team.”
It is a sign of how far United have sunk that the goal is to qualify for the Europa League.
They are currently in sixth position, two points ahead of West Ham, but have a lower goal difference. West Ham are in Brighton and the ‘prize’ for finishing seventh is to get into the Conference League.