Ralf explains two points of criticism we must face

Monday 07 February 2022 13:35

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has explained in detail the “two points of criticism” that his squad is working hard to improve at Carrington.

The German sat down for his latest press conference with journalists on Monday afternoon to look forward to Tuesday evening’s Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor

A main topic of conversation in the media briefing was our frustrating Emirates FA Cup exit to Middlesbrough last Friday night, when the Reds dominated the game but missed too many chances, conceded a controversial equaliser and then lost via a penalty shootout. 
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United hope to become the first club to win six consecutive Premier League fixtures against Burnley at Turf Moor when we meet on Tuesday evening.

When asked by one reporter in the press conference if the scale of his task has become more evident, Rangnick spoke with typical honesty and addressed two clear areas where his Reds are determined to improve. 

“I don't think so because, overall, I think the development of the team and our performances in the last couple of weeks have improved, including, by the way, the cup game,” said Ralf.
“There are two points of criticism that the team has to face and we all have to face. Number one, we just wasted too many clear-cut chances. As I said, 22 shots from inside the box, and at least 10 of them were really massive opportunities and we should have been up easily 3-0 at half-time, and in the end, it should have been 6-1 or 6-2. This was one point of criticism that we have to face. 
“The other one was the 10 seconds before we conceded that handball goal, as I may call it, it was a perfect counter-pressing situation on the sideline in the middle of their half. We took away time, the only thing we forgot is taking away the ball from them. This led to a situation where, eight seconds later, we were outnumbered in our box and allowed them to score that handball goal. 

“And although it was a handball, I'm still convinced that this goal should have been disallowed, but we shouldn't have allowed this situation to happen in our box. Those are the two things I have to fault the team but, apart from that, again, we invested the whole week into the game-plan, into improving our game in possession of the ball and very many of those things have been confirmed by the team and shown on the pitch against Middlesbrough.”
Match official appointments

Referee: Mike Dean Assistants: Ian Hussin, Eddie Smart Fourth official: Tony Harrington VAR: Stuart Attwell Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan

United are currently fourth in the Premier League table and will travel to Burnley on Tuesday night with a determination to gain what would be three important points. 

Kick-off at Turf Moor is scheduled for 20:00 GMT and the much-anticipated line-ups will be announced at exactly 19:00, via the United App, ManUtd.com and MUTV.