Ralf Rangnick criticises referee and Manchester United forwards after Atletico Madrid loss

Ralf Rangnick criticises referee and Manchester United forwards after Atletico Madrid loss

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick was not pleased with how the referee officiated the Atletico Madrid game and criticised his attacking players for not being clinical.

Man United were dumped out of the Champions League following their disappointing 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

United had a few chances to break the deadlock in the first half but failed to convert from their chances, which would backfire when Lodi scored in the 39th minute.

Aside from United’s poor display in the final third, the officiating was disastrous, which forced every Man United player to fume over the centre referee.

After the game, Ralf Rangnick also hits out at the referee, accusing him of succumbing to Atletico Madrid’s antics to kill the time off and failing to give the right decision in the right situations.

The German boss also pointed out the referee’s refusal to listen to Anthony Elanga’s appeal for a penalty. Also, Fred was fouled in the build-up to Lodi’s goal.

“I also think the referee fell for most of those time-wasting antics,” said Rangnick. “I can’t remember the game in the second half for more than two or three minutes without being interrupted.

“There was always somebody lying on the floor. I would also say some curious refereeing decisions. I wouldn’t say they were decisive but at least he fell too often for those time-wasting antics and four minutes at the end added on was a joke for me.

Ralf Rangnick was not pleased with the officiating between Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid
Ralf Rangnick was not pleased with the officiating between Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid

“That was a foul for sure on Anthony Elanga but the referee, [Slavko Vinčič], and the linesman didn’t see it that way. For me that was the only real moment, and the offside goal, that they scored with.

“Apart from that, we defended well and we were compact in their transition moments. There is nothing I can blame the team for in the first half.”

On Manchester United’s performance, Ralf Rangnick admits his side played really well in the first half and should have been two goals up at half-time.

And also conceded that Lodi’s late goal in the first-half really made things worse for Man United, given how he warned his team against conceding the first goal in the game.

“I think we played a very good first half – exactly the way we wanted to play with a high energy level but we couldn’t convert that into one or two goals,” added the German boss.

“We had a few good moments where we should have scored but we didn’t. Conceding that counter-attacking goal just before half-time didn’t make life any easier.”