Rangnick: There is no replacement for winning
Ralf Rangnick will lead Manchester United into the club's first competitive game of the new calendar year when we meet Wolves at Old Trafford later today (Monday 17:30 GMT). And the interim boss is desperate to help the Reds prolong a promising unbeaten run.
When club media spoke to the boss ahead of the tricky encounter with Wolves, he was at pains to emphasise the importance of keeping our unbeaten eight-game stretch going.
To read Ralf's thoughts in full, plus his musings on the problems posed by Wolves' style, check out the complete interview below...
It’s Wolverhampton Wanderers next up, Ralf. They’re a different kettle of fish from Burnley: they don’t concede goals, they like to play on the counterattack, and they’re very effective at that. Is it a different challenge for you and your team?
“Yes, another complicated team to play. In most cases they play with a back three or a back five. Very compact on the counterattack, very difficult to outplay. And again, it’s about finding the right spots, the right spaces, making the right decisions, playing the ball into the dangerous areas without being vulnerable on the counterattack. This is, against Wolves, one of the most important things.”
You want to make sure there are no more unforced errors – something I know you were cross about after the Burnley game. This is a real opportunity to make sure that you put a marker in the sand going forward…
“Yes, it’s about winning games. That’s the next home game we have, and another game where we will try to get the three points. Against Burnley, they also didn’t concede that many goals so far [this season] and we scored three of them. So why shouldn’t we be able to score goals against Wolves? As long as we keep a clean sheet, or only concede one goal… as long as we score three, everything is okay.”
It's an unbeaten reign for you here at Manchester United so far – how important is it to keep that momentum going?
“Highly important. There is no replacement for winning games. It’s the most important part. This gives confidence to the players. They are unbeaten now for eight competitive games and we have to try and prolong this way of playing.”