I didn’t like it at all, says Rangnick
Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has expressed his disappointment over the performance of his team against the struggling Newcastle United at St. James’ Park, where they manged a point on Monday.
He said that he needed his boys to be more physical in their first match after their return from a 15-day coronavirus (COVID-19) induced break.
“I didn’t like it at all,” Rangnick said on the USA Network after the game.
“We were trying to get better in controlling games. Today we didn’t control the game for very few moments at all. It’s about energy and physicality and who wins the second balls. We were not at our best. In the end we got a point, that’s the good thing, but the performance overall needs to get better.”
“It’s about physicality and energy,” Rangnick said. “You have to be ready and able to win those direct duels and that was not often the case. Even when we were in possession, we had too many giveaways.
“Today it was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality. The body language was okay, but at this ground you have to play physical. That was not the case and therefore we struggled. … We needed a goal. We had to take more risks and that’s the reason I brought on Cavani and Sancho to make 4-1-3-2. It was not a question of formation, it was a question of aggression and energy.”
But while the Premier League match ended 1-1, Manchester United has goalkeeper David De Gea to thank.
The Red Devils were out-attempted 13-12 by the one-win hosts and Newcastle doubled the visitors’ shots on target, 8-4, as reported by NBC.
Even Edinson Cavani’s equalizer off the bench nearly would’ve been an afterthought had David De Gea not made an incredible late save to keep it 1-1.
Man United won more duels than Newcastle, but Rangnick said a lot of what was missing comes from the desire department.
United is seven points off the top four and would remain behind Arsenal even if it wins its matches-in-hand on the Gunners.
Rangnick will certainly be making changes to his team after some ugly moments on Monday, and a rusty early showing from Raphael Varane didn’t help things.
But Varane will get much better and Rangnick’s depth will get more chances to show it can do better. That starts Thursday at home to Burnley.