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Defeat left United trailing fourth-placed Arsenal by five points. With Rangnick’s team having just one match left, they cannot finish higher than their current sixth place in the standings and all the teams above them have games in hand.
In fact, they could finish lower in the standings if they are leapfrogged by West Ham United, who are six points behind them but have two games in hand.
United have lost three of their last five league games, leaking 12 goals during that run. It is little wonder the Old Trafford faithful have been left extremely frustrated as United have endured their worst-ever Premier League season for goals conceded, with the tally standing at 56 so far.
“From the first to the last minute this was not enough and in all-important areas we were second best,” said Rangnick.
“To start with we can only apologise to our supporters, it was a terrible performance and a humiliating defeat.
“It was a completely different game and today from the first minute we allowed them too much time, too much space and we were never able to be in a position to stop them playing through our lines.
“The game plan was completely different, we told the players to be as compact as we could possibly be but we couldn’t stop them."