Rangnick admits he ‘should have done better’ at Man Utd, bemoans lack of ‘pressing monster’

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Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick hugs Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: PA Images
Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick hugs Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: PA Images

Ralf Rangnick has bemoaned the lack of a “pressing monster” at Man Utd but admits he “should have done better” in his short spell at the club.

The German was appointed at the end of November after the Red Devils decided to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a run of poor performances.

However, Rangnick failed to improve things at Old Trafford with Man Utd set to finish the season in sixth or seventh position, depending on how the final day of the season goes.

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Some have argued that it’s been worse than anything seen under previous manager Solskjaer and now Rangnick has admitted that he “should have done better” as the players fell short of his standards.

Rangnick said: “We never came near to that aggressive, pro-active football I’d normally want to do. It has to do with physicality if you want to play like that. I should have done better and developed this team in a more sustainable way.

“I am not blaming Cristiano [Ronaldo] at all, he did great in games, but he is not a pressing monster. Even when he was young, he wasn’t shouting, ‘The other team has the ball, where can we win balls?’

“It was the same with quite a few other players so we had to make compromises at one stage. We never found the right balance between what do we need with the ball and without the ball.”

Erik ten Hag – who has already begun work on the “make-up of the staff and the composition of the squad” – will take over properly from Rangnick after United’s final match of the Premier League season today.

And Rangnick has backed Ten Hag to wholesale changes at Man Utd to improve the level of performances.

Rangnick added: “If you saw the way that Erik’s Ajax team play or his Under 23s team at Bayern Munich, it’s pretty obvious how he wants to play and clear what kind of players he needs.

“There will be changes. I think it’s obvious to everybody, the owners and every supporter, we need to increase and raise the level of quality within the squad.”

 

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