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Ralf Rangnick was frustrated by Atletico Madrid’s jokes after watching his Manchester United crash out of the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Renan Lodi scored the only goal of the match as the Spanish team won 2-1 overall in a match where United ended up with Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata all on the field, but delivered just one effort on goal in the second half.
The Red Devils were also dissatisfied with some of the decisions of referee Slavko Vincic, who, however, performed a rather erratic performance.
Talking to BT Sport After the match, Rangnick said: “I think we played a very good first half – just like we wanted to play with a high energy level, but we could not turn it into one or two goals.
“We had a couple of good moments where we should have scored, but we did not. Cashing in that counter-attack just before half-time did not make life easier.
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“It was tough in the second half and always interrupted. There was always someone lying on the floor. I would also say some curious referee decisions. I would not say they were crucial, but at least he fell too often for the time-wasting jokes, and four minutes at the end added was a joke to me.
“It was definitely a mistake by Anthony Elanga, but the referee and the line judge did not see it that way. For me, it was the only right moment, and the offside goal, that they scored with. In addition, we defended well and we were compact in their transition moments.
“We could not convert that energy into goals in the first half.”
“Some weird refereeing decisions, four minutes of extended playing time was just a joke.”
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“There’s nothing I can blame the team for in the first half.”
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De Gea admits United are not good enough
David de Gea gave his own honest assessment after the match and told BT Sport: “We are really disappointed with the result. It is difficult to put into words how we are doing at the moment. We did not have enough in both matches to win it. It is a very disappointing day for us.
“They are a team with a lot of experience. They know how to play the Champions League matches. They scored a goal and are a tough team, so it was difficult for us to create chances. We are out of one of the most important competitions, so we are very sad. ”
On Atletico’s ultra defensive approach after taking the lead, he added: “Of course. As soon as they scored the goal, they put the whole team ahead of Jan Oblak.
“They are a very defensive team and it’s hard to score against them. We tried to the last, but it was not enough.”
As for United, who are now five years without a trophy, the Spaniard said: “Of course it is not good enough. It is hard for the club, for us and the fans. It is really difficult. This is where we are at the moment. It “It’s a difficult situation. We have to keep fighting. I feel very sorry. But we were not good enough.”
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