Ralf Rangnick reveals what Antonio Conte told him after Man United beat Tottenham

Ralf Rangnick reveals what Antonio Conte told him after Man United beat Tottenham

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed what Antonio Conte told him after Tottenham got beat on Saturday.

Man United bounced back to winning ways last weekend when they beat Spurs 3-2 at Old Trafford in the Premier League, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick.

It was a crucial game for both clubs amid their top-four charges, but it was Rangnick, who came out victorious in the five-goal thriller.

After the match, Rangnick and Conte held quick talks, with the former now revealing what his counterpart told him during the conversation.

“This is what Antonio Conte said after the game, it was a very difficult atmosphere,” Rangnick told MU.

“As I said, it’s one of the biggest compliments that you can get if an opponent’s coach speaks after the game of a difficult atmosphere for them, a special atmosphere.”

Manchester United will look to replicate their Tottenham performance on Tuesday when they host Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford in the Champions League round of 16 second leg.

The first tie ended in a 1-1 draw, with Anthony Elanga scoring a late equaliser to give Man United’s travelling fans something to hold on to after United’s rancid display in the first half.

Ralf Rangnick says Antonio Conte told him it was a difficult atmosphere at Manchester United
Ralf Rangnick says Antonio Conte told him it was a difficult atmosphere at Manchester United

Speaking about the first leg against Atletico Madrid, Rangnick said: “We played into their hands by playing the ball too slow, passing the ball too slow, too many square passes, short passes, so we sent a lot of pressing invitations to their midfield players.”

Atletico Madrid played their La Liga game on Friday, which gives them a day extra to rest before the Manchester United encounter, who played on Saturday.

Despite the visible advantage, the German boss played down the impact it could have tonight, insisting that playing on Friday wouldn’t make any difference.

“I didn’t know that they allowed them to play a day earlier,” said Rangnick. “Normally, this is fixed by TV companies, broadcast companies. For us, it’s okay. As long as we have three days in between.

“Obviously, it would not have been too bad to play Friday ourselves but, again, it’s not for us that much of a problem. I don’t think it will make any difference for tomorrow’s game.”