Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick's reaction to defeat by Wolves

Monday 03 January 2022 20:44

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has provided his assessment of Manchester United's disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Wolves.

The visitors won at the Theatre of Dreams for the first time since 1980, courtesy of Joao Moutinho's 82nd-minute winner.

Following the setback, Ralf spoke to MUTV, Sky Sports and the BBC, and to reporters at his press conference, and could not hide his frustration.

POOR PERFORMANCE

"We didn't play well at all, neither individually nor collectively. In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our box and from our goal. In the second half, we changed to a different formation, with a back three, and we had more control on the game. The game showed that we have a lot of work to do, especially against the ball. We had too many unforced errors and we have to get better. This is an issue of the whole team." 

COMPLICATED OPPONENTS

"We knew it could be a complicated game because Wolves, with a back five, are very flexible in midfield. They had almost four or five central midfielders and we had problems to control that part of the pitch. Whenever they tried to release, via their wing-backs, we were also struggling. We had a spell of 15 minutes where we could have scored, we hit the crossbar, but the goal that we conceded again showed we had enough players in the box but we allowed Adama Traore, back to goal, to turn, gain speed and bring in the cross. The cross was already defended by Phil Jones but the goal was one of too many [like it] this season as Joao Moutinho could shoot, completely unmarked with no problems and no pressure at all."

BIG MOMENTS

"We missed out on scoring the first goal with Bruno [Fernandes], it would have been possible to get the important first goal. We had two situations, one with Bruno and the other with Cristiano [Ronaldo], who was unfortunately offside. In general, we just need to find a better balance within our team, defensively and offensively."

WE MUST IMPROVE

"The game showed we still have a lot of work to do and still have to take quite a few steps, both collectively and individually, especially against the ball, but in the first half in particular, in possession of the ball, there were too many unforced errors, too many giveaways. In those parts of the game, we just have to get better. I don't want to speak about individual performances of players, it is an issue of the whole team. We can only improve the team if we get better collectively. It doesn't make sense now to talk about individual performances."

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JONES'S RETURN

"I think he [Phil Jones] did well, not having played for two years at this kind of level. We didn't see that [effects of the absence] in the game. He did his job and did exactly what I expected him to do."

A WEEK UNTIL OUR NEXT GAME

"I think that's good. We will try to make use of that and find the best possible formation and, as I have said, also the style of play. We need to be more aggressive on the ball and put more pressure on the other team when they are in possession of the ball."

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