Every word from Ralf's press conference

Friday 01 April 2022 13:30

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick fielded questions from journalists ahead of the club's Saturday teatime (17:30 BST) Premier League fixture against Leicester City.

The Foxes come to Old Trafford for United's first game since 15 March, when the Reds were defeated by Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. It's a first league game for Rangnick's side since a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored all three goals.

Previewing the game against Leicester, Rangnick was asked about Bruno Fernandes's new long-term contract and recent stories involving Harry Maguire and Paul Pogba.

Read every word from the German coach below...

Bruno reveals long talks about future


Fernandes tells us the club has reassured him of the ambition to revive the glory days.

Good morning Ralf, Bruno Fernandes signing a new contract, how important is it for the club to tie him down longer term and also reward him for his performances in the two years he's been here?
"Yeah, I think that's very good news for the club, for the fans, the supporters, also for Bruno, I think, to know that he will be here for the next five years, I suppose. I mean, there's no doubt that he's a very important player for this club and for this team, and, as I said, that's great news. I already congratulated him yesterday when we saw each other after his return from the World Cup qualifier. As well as know, he played well in the second game, I watched both games on TV, and scored the two most important goals to qualify for the World Cup."

Harry Maguire's been in the news obviously this week. What have you said to him, have you had to have a conversation with him?
"Not yet, but I speak regularly [with him] since I'm here, so he knows my position towards him. He's been a very valuable player and the captain of the team and the club and also my captain. I didn't understand what was going on actually at Wembley, but I'm pretty sure this will not happen in our stadium with the Red Army behind the team and the club, and also behind their captain. For me, he's a very important player, he's been playing well for Manchester United and for England in the last couple of years and therefore, I think Gareth Southgate said something after the game and Harry Kane, so for me, it was... I didn't watch the game actually, but I heard what had happened before the game there when they announced the starting line-up. Difficult to understand."

What would you say to fans who are contemplating booing again?
"Well, I don't speak to them in person but I'm pretty sure this will not happen in our stadium. That it happened before an international game is pretty unusual."

Further Cavani injury update


Ralf Rangnick fears our Uruguayan centre-forward could face a longer spell on the sidelines.

Do you understand why Harry is such a centre of attention, there's a lot of opinion about Harry, maybe more than other players?
"I don't think that this is a personal thing, it hasn't got anything to do with Harry himself. We all know, or you know probably better than I do, that there were one or two other players who have been criticised in the last, not only months but also the last one or two years. For example, Fred, for me, a very important player for this team, a very valuable player, regularly playing in the starting XI for Brazil. And again, I also watched his two games, or his first game, he played in the first game from the start and did well. Maybe it's still got to do with the high expectations around this club, maybe people just tend to compare with former legends or former big players, I don't know, maybe it's got to do with that. I can only tell you both players, Fred, you can also speak about Scotty, and Harry, they are both important players and players with the right attitude."

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Bruno: 'I belong to this club'

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Just at the start of the international break, Paul Pogba said he's not satisfied by the five years at the club, interpreted as saying he's wasted the best years of his career, can you understand that sentiment, and do you think that will shape the decision he makes at the end of the season?
"Well, I don't think... I've got enough to do now to prepare the team for the next game, for tomorrow's game, another important one, and I don't think it makes sense to now interpret or judge what he has maybe said in an interview. That doesn't make sense. This is something that you can do if you want but for me it's only important to judge him. I also heard that he maybe said he had to play different positions in the last couple of weeks. Yes, of course, because since the game against West Ham on 22 January, we have lost three strikers since then, with Anthony Martial, with Mason Greenwood and even with Edinson Cavani, who is injured again unfortunately and will be out for the next couple of weeks. If then, on top of that, by then Paul was still injured himself, if then players like Bruno against Tottenham or Scott McTominay are missing, then, of course, somebody else has to play in a different role and if this is somebody like Paul who is a flexible midfield player who can play in 6, 8 or even 10, then this is a normal thing."