Ralf Rangnick reacts to Manchester United’s ’embarrassing’ defeat to Liverpool

Ralf Rangnick reacts to Manchester United's 'embarrassing' defeat to Liverpool

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has described his side’s performance against Liverpool as ’embarrassing’.

United got humbled 4-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The win simultaneously took Jurgen Klopp’s side move ahead of Manchester City and push United down to the 6th position.

Manchester United were outclassed in the first half, and failed to create a single shot on target.

But in the first 25 minutes into the second half, United put out a much-improved performance and created some moments but their inability to make the right decisions in the final third, salvaged whatever plans they had coming into the game after the interval.

As a result, Liverpool scored their third goal after Anthony Elanga got dispossessed in the centre circle.

Late in the game, they scored their last goal after Hannibal Mejbri failed to control a sloppy through ball from Harry Maguire.

‘Disappointed’ Ralf Rangnick was not pleased with his side’s performance, and stated that it as a ‘humiliating’ defeat.

Rangnick told beINSPORTS: “It’s embarrassing, it’s completely disappointing. In a way also humiliating.”

Some fans were surprised why the German tactician opted to play three centre-halves, which also played a role in United’s inability to pose as a threat in the second half.

After making some changes in the second half, United pressed forward but Rangnick was adamant to accept he got it wrong with his starting XI.

Rangnick told BBC: “I don’t think a different formation at the start would have changed anything.

“The first goal we conceded, it was not part of the game plan to be that high up and concede a counter-attack after five minutes.

Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United's performance against Liverpool was embarrassing
Ralf Rangnick believes Manchester United’s performance against Liverpool was embarrassing

“The first half, we were just not good enough. We did not win any first ball or second balls. We were second best in all relevant areas.

“Second half we changed a centre-back with Jadon Sancho. The first 25 minutes we were better and had pressure on the ball at times. Had two or three moments, but the third goal killed the game off.

“For the third goal it came from a ball we should not play. A pressing invitation – 12 yards into Anthony Elanga, who is a player for behind their back line.

“It is inviting them for those moments and six seconds later the ball was in our net.”