Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick: Top four has to be our main focus

Saturday 19 February 2022 22:30

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has spoken out on the importance of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

The Reds returned to winning ways with Tuesday's 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford, with Portuguese duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes both netting in the victory over the Seagulls. 

Rangnick’s side travel to West Yorkshire on Sunday, bidding to extend our current unbeaten away record to seven games, as we prepare to face Leeds United at Elland Road.

Part 2 of Ralf's press conference: Leeds away Video

Part 2 of Ralf's press conference: Leeds away

In the second part of Friday's presser, Rangnick was asked about De Gea, Varane and Champions League qualification...

Given securing qualification to next season’s Champions League is seen as a priority for us this season, Ralf spoke to sections of the media on the matter, stressing: ''Well, of course everyone wants to play in the Champions League every season but we also have to be realistic.

''When I came, I think we were 8th in the table and trailing by quite a few points. Right now, we are fourth and we have to be aware that a couple of teams have played two or three games fewer than us so far.

''Also we have to be fully aware that there will be big games coming up in March and April, also direct games against Tottenham, Arsenal and a few others who are also chasing for that fourth place.''

Still involved in the knockout stages of this season's elite European club competition too, the Reds face Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano in midweek before a home clash against Watford at Old Trafford follows just three days later.

With Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all still yet to come before the conclusion of the 2021/22 campaign too, our interim boss has reassured fans that his team are fully prepared for the task that lies ahead.

''Right now, I think we are focused on winning those games and it doesn’t make sense to speak about any things that have to be done in the summer," he added, when asked about any plans for next term.

''With regards to getting the right players or doing some changes inside the squad, my full focus is on developing the team's performances and hopefully winning as many games as we can.''