Ralf Rangnick

Read Rangnick's matchday Q&A

Monday 02 May 2022 09:29

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick reflected on how enjoyable it has been to take charge of the Reds at Old Trafford, ahead of his last home match with United against Brentford.

Although not all of his games in M16 have gone to plan, Ralf said the stadium, atmosphere and supporters all stand out.

Speaking on Thursday night after the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, he added that even Blues coach Thomas Tuchel had been taken aback by the Theatre of Dreams.

Read Ralf’s quotes in his full matchday Q&A below…

‘Managing at Old Trafford was enjoyable’ Video

‘Managing at Old Trafford was enjoyable’

Ahead of his last home game in charge, Ralf reflects on our great stadium and analyses our opponents, Brentford…

You had eight players missing against Chelsea, do you expect any of them to be back for the Brentford game?
“I hope so, but right now [on Thursday] I don’t know. So we have to wait and see what will happen in the next two days. I very much hope that two or three of those players will be available.”

It will be your last game at Old Trafford as manager and some players no doubt their last as well. Does that make it more significant in a way?
“Yeah, but it’s significant for everybody in the club, not only for the players who might not be here anymore. It’s also important that we show a top mentality and attitude and performance at home in the last game.”

And for you leading out United at Old Trafford in these last four or five months, how much have you enjoyed managing United here?
“In most of the games, I enjoyed it but obviously we had some games where we were just 1-0 up and gave away too many points. In those moments, it’s not so enjoyable but overall the support by the fans is massive, it’s great. It’s one of the biggest things this club has. The stadium… I spoke to Thomas Tuchel before the game and he said to me ‘what a stadium, what an atmosphere’, and this is really great for everybody. I enjoyed that very much.”

We play against a Brentford team which has taken the Premier League by storm really. They came up against all the odds and have had a terrific campaign…
“You could even see that in their first game, I remember watching it on TV. They won 2-0 against Arsenal, they won two or three weeks ago 4-1 at Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge. We had our problems in the first game, in the first half. We could have been 2-0 down and we could only manage to change and turn the game in the second half. This will again not be an easy game for us.”

It will be the last time United fans see us for three months or so, how important do you think it would be to finish on a high?
“As I said, very important both for the fans but also as a boost for the new season. For everyone it would be good to get three points in this game.”