Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has reacted on facing Southampton this weekend and also reserves special comments for Ralph Hasenhüttl, as well as talking about Burnley’s disappointing draw.
Rangnick was impressed by how the Saints fought their way back and recorded a well-deserved 3-2 win over Tottenham away from home.
Antonio Conte’s men took control of the game when Jan Bednarek scored an own goal in the 18th minute. Amando Broja pulled level in the 23rd minute.
Midway through the second half, Heung-Min Son restored Spurs’ lead from a close range but the visitors would score two goals in a space of two minutes to beat Spurs 3-2 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Ralf Rangnick confessed he watched the game and maintained that Southampton’s win over Spurs was well-deserved.
And while he hailed Ralph Hasenhüttl‘s tactics behind the victory and viewed the clash as a challenge, he conceded that Manchester United are ready for the challenge.
“Obviously, I watched the game at Spurs during the week and they really deserved to win,” Rangnick told MUTV ahead of tomorrow’s clash against Southampton.
“They tactically played at a very high level and this will be a challenge for us, but I’m sure we’ll be up for that challenge.”
On Ralph Hasenhüttl, Rangnick said: “I’ve known [Ralph Hasenhüttl] for seven years, he has developed in those years, it’s obvious.
“You can see what he did with Southampton, he also did a great job at Leipzig, finishing second in the first year of the Bundesliga & sixth in the second year.”
Manchester United created loads of chances against Burnley but were not clinical enough, hence they scored a goal through a beautiful strike from Paul Pogba.
Their regularly dreadful performance in front of the goal would take its toll when they failed to score another after Burnley scored the equaliser in the 47th minute.
Despite the draw, Man United were great going forward, created loads of chances, and played at the same intensity for the majority of the game.
The same happened to Manchester United against Middlesbrough when they should have killed the game off in the first half, thanks to lots of clear-cut chances but their poor finishing eventually put them out of the FA Cup.
“I think we are creating enough chances and enough opportunities in the last couple of games but we just didn’t score enough goals, but this is not only an issue with Cristiano, it’s an issue with the other players, especially the offensive players,” said Rangnick.
“If you bear in mind how many chances we create, and this [scoring goals] is also something that needs to get better in the next couple of weeks.
“At Burnley, in 70 of those 90 minutes, it was very, very, very close to the game plan we spoke before the game and now it’s about rewarding ourselves and also getting the results we should deserve.
The Manchester United interim manager also suggested that his players lost focus after they conceded against Middlesbrough and Burnley.
However, he was warned that their focus would remain the same ever they had conceded.
“I think the players have realised that there has been a good development in the last couple of weeks, both in and out of possession,” said Rangnick.
“They [Manchester United players] realised that we controlled the game but, then again, if we concede a goal, against Boro it was after 65-70 minutes, we should just stick to the game-plan. Not, all of a sudden, lose shape or lose composure.”
“We just didn’t stick to that game-plan [after conceding against Burnley]. All of a sudden, we didn’t have the same positioning on the pitch, our two 8s were too far outside, this is what we spoke about yesterday and the day before.
“Hopefully, when we have the same amount of opportunities, we score more than one goal, this has to be more effective. But we have to be aware of why we were so dominant.”