Ralf wants Reds to be more aggressive
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick may have been pleased with the 1-0 victory at Norwich City but he is demanding more from his troops.
The German felt there were certainly areas for improvement after his team were pushed all the way by the bottom side at a wet Carrow Road, even if Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty proved decisive.
David De Gea also had to make a couple of world-class saves to keep the Canaries at bay and preserve another clean sheet.
Here is what the boss had to say to MUTV, BBC and at his press conference...
A TOUGH SLOG
“It was hard work and, in some parts of the game, we were doing well. In other parts, we lacked a little bit of intensity, body language and we were not as aggressive as Norwich were, especially up front. We could have done with more intensity, with more physicality. In the end, it was important to have another clean sheet, thanks to David De Gea, who made three or four brilliant saves in the second half and, overall, it’s most important we have the three points. [However,] I would still be happy with less chances, with less corner kicks and free-kicks. I think we just conceded too many of them, especially in the second half.”
INDEBTED TO DE GEA
"It was a fantastic performance by David. He was probably Man of the Match, especially in the second half. He made three or four brilliant saves."
"I mean, tactically, we don't have that much time to improve the tactical level. I don't think today it was a question of tactics or the distance to the team-mates it was more one-on-one offensively and defensively, the second balls. It's about who wins more second balls, who wins the one-on-one duels. That was sort of the difference between the different parts in the game and in our formation."
“He doesn’t remember how it happened. I suppose he had a collision with another player and couldn’t breathe. He had problems to breathe and his heart-rate was higher than normal. We’ve had him checked and, so far, everything seems to be okay but he still seems a little bit shocked.”
WE NEED TO BE TIGHTER
"We have conceded the highest amount of goals in the top 10. Now we have two clean sheets, which is good, but we still need to improve on that away, especially against physical teams or teams that attack high like Norwich did. Norwich did not play like a bottom team."
WILL BRENTFORD BE SIMILAR?
"We need to prepare for Brentford [on Tuesday], another difficult one. They won 2-1 against Watford, again a very physical team and again we need to take the next steps to raise this level to a different level.”