Ralf Rangnick reacts to Middlesbrough’s goal and Anthony Elanga penalty miss after FA Cup exit on penalties

Ralf Rangnick reacts to Middlesbrough's goal and Anthony Elanga penalty miss after FA Cup exit on penalties

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has claimed that he was surprised that Middlesbrough’s goal wasn’t ruled out for offside and revealed Anthony Elanga’s mood after his penalty miss.

Man United opened the scoring in the first half through a beautiful strike from Jadon Sancho.

The goal came after Sancho had hit the crossbar, Cristiano Ronaldo missing from the penalty spot and two more chances.

In the second half, the visitors scored what many described as a controversial goal after their player controlled the ball with his hand before passing it to Matt Crook to get the equaliser.

Anthony Taylor didn’t rule the goal out for a handball in the buildup and after a VAR review, the goal stood, and that surprised Rangnick.

VAR claimed that the Middlesbrough’s player didn’t handle the ball intentional.

On Middlesbrough’s goal, Rangnick told ITV: “How can it be accidental if he controls the ball up in the air with his hand? It was clear it should not stand but in the end I was really surprised it stood.

“In the moment when they scored, it was clear that VAR would not allow this goal to stand. We were not well positioned in that moment, too open and allowed them the counter, we should have won the game.”

The tie was forced to be decided on penalties after the tie ended 1-1 in the regular time and extra time.

Anthony Elanga missed United’s crucial penalty kick and Manchester United bowed out of the clash after losing 8-7 on the penalty shootout.

Ralf Rangnick believes Middlesbrough's goal should have been ruled out for handball
Ralf Rangnick believes Middlesbrough’s goal should have been ruled out for handball

Rangnick said: “Anyone can imagine how he [Anthony Elanga] is, he is shattered and absolutely disappointed.”

The German boss continued on Elanga but this time to BBC: “We will try to encourage him [Elanga] again, be there for him and it can happen to more experienced players. We could not have had more players to take it, there was Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and the goalkeeper.”

Manchester United would have killed the game off in the first half but we’re wasteful in the face of goal.

Rangnick added: “Incredibly disappointed, we should have won and killed off the game in the first half.

“Crossbar, post, missed penalty and numerous chances. It should have been 2-0 or 3-0.”