Former Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has reacted to his side’s loss to Crystal Palace and admitted Brighton and Hove Albion did them a favour.
Man United lost their last game of the season 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, despite heading into the game knowing that anything other than a win would put their hopes in Brighton’s hands.
Manchester United were losing at halftime 1-0 following an error from Bruno Fernandes that gifted Wilfried Zaha the chance to beat David de Gea, who had made a few saves prior to that.
Elsewhere, West Ham United were leading Brighton 1-0 at halftime, which had every concerned Man United fan in panic, as they feared The Red Devils would be playing the Europa Conference League next season if things finished that way.
Manchester United couldn’t save themselves by turning things around in the second half but Brighton did and won The Hammers 3-1, which eventually helped United finish 6th, to join Arsenal to the Europa League next season.
After the final whistle, Ralf Rangnick said of Zaha’s goal and the defeat: “I think we had three good opportunities to score ourselves in the first-half but we didn’t and, especially in the first-half, we had too many unforced errors and bad giveaways, that is the way we conceded the goal.
“In fact, it was our assist, the goalscorer, in the end, was Zaha but the ones who gave the assist were ourselves.”
On Brighton’s victory, the German told BBC: “Yes, I think Brighton did us the favour to turn the game around, they were losing 1-0 at half-time and scored three goals in the second-half.
“That was the good thing about this weekend and this fixture.”