Ralf: It doesn't help to focus on other teams
Following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City, interim manager Ralf Rangnick expressed his belief that the Reds should pay little attention to fellow top-four contenders and concentrate on having a strong finish ourselves to the season.
United dropped two points in the pursuit of Arsenal and Tottenham when being held by the Foxes and we have been left relying on the Londoners to slip up.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, the German responded to questions about his side’s top-four ambitions taking another hit.
He said: “I cannot tell that [whether the top-four race is over]. I don’t know where Manchester United will be next season.
“For us, it’s my job, our job, the job of all of the players, to finish this season on the highest and best possible note.”
Kelechi Iheanacho’s opener for the visitors was cancelled out by Fred’s quickfire equaliser.
Reflecting on the draw, Rangnick said: “Today’s result hasn’t made the situation any better and dropping another two points hasn’t helped the situation.
“For us now, it’s about preparing for the next game again, away at Goodison Park at Everton. We have to try to get three points out of that game and then in the next home game against Norwich.”
United currently sit sixth in the Premier League table, level on points with Tottenham and three points below fourth-placed Arsenal, having played more matches than both teams.
Despite the standings, Rangnick believes his side should prioritise consistent performances rather than analysing the league table and other teams’ results.
He said: “It doesn't help at all to look at the table every week and speculate and anticipate what could happen and about how many points we may need.
“Now it's about how can we possibly get three points against Everton.”
The clash with the struggling Toffees kicks off at 12:45 BST next Saturday.