Ralf Rangnick SLAMS Manchester United performance after draw with Burnley… and says one point ‘is just not enough’ as Red Devils fall out of Champions League spot
- Ralf Rangnick has admitted Man United were not good enough against Burnley
- Red Devils held to 1-1 draw with Clarets who are bottom of the Premier League
- United had two goals ruled out in the first half before Paul Pogba’s opener
- Rangnick says that taking one point from the game ‘is just not enough’ for Utd
United dominated the first half at Turf Moor but, after two strikes were ruled out, only had Paul Pogba‘s first league goal in over a year to show for it. This proved costly after Burnley equalised through Jay Rodriguez.
The former Leipzig manager said that although he cannot blame his side for the ruled out goals in the first half, he remains adamant that taking one point from the fixture is not good enough.
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick said his side were not good enough against Burnley
Red Devils were held to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on Tuesday night in the Premier League
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Rangnick said: ‘We scored three goals in the first half, I couldn’t blame the team for not having a killer instinct in the first half.
‘But yes, at the end, in the last 25 minutes as I said we had a lot of set-pieces, a lot of free-kicks, corner kicks. In the end it was also a little question of luck, with (a chance for) Rafa Varane, the header of Cristiano Ronaldo, the header of Harry Maguire.
‘But again, in the end, one point for a performance like this is just not enough.’
Rangnick claims that one point ‘is just not enough’ when playing a side in the relegation zone
Coming after Friday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough, it was another frustrating night for United, whose problems remain obvious at both ends of the pitch 12 games into Rangnick’s interim reign.
The German criticised the officials for disallowing first a Raphael Varane header because Harry Maguire had been offside, then a Josh Brownhill own goal because Pogba had fouled Erik Pieters in the build-up, but accepted his side had not done enough.
Rangnick was particularly unhappy to see the Brownhill own goal ruled out.
‘I watched it right now in the locker room and the linesman flagged for a foul (on Pogba), but flagged 10 seconds after the incident and this was a very soft decision I must say,’ he said.
‘But again, we played an excellent first half. I thought we controlled and dominated the game. We scored three goals, but two were disallowed and then the second half, the first 15 to 20 minutes, we were just not aggressive enough.’
Paul Pogba scored United’s only goal of the evening, his first since January 2021
West Ham’s 1-0 win over Watford saw David Moyes’ side climb back above United into fourth, while Arsenal could move above them on goal difference if they win at Wolves on Thursday.
The point was of more use to Burnley, though Sean Dyche knows his side must add to their solitary win this season if they are to move off the foot of the table. Though the final whistle was greeted with a huge cheer, Burnley’s gap to safety grew to four points on the night as Newcastle beat Everton.
‘It’s not an easy situation, we’re factually bottom of the league,’ Dyche said. ‘I don’t think we should be but there we are. We’ve got to correct it and it’s difficult playing against Manchester United.
‘There might be some noise about them at the moment but you look at that team sheet and they’ve got top, top players. We didn’t get to grips with the performance but we stayed intact and at half-time I asked a bit more.’
Pogba celebrates the opening goal of the night with his Manchester United teammates