Ralf Rangnick mourns Man Utd waste in FA Cup defeat; ‘do not understand’ ref decision

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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick believes his side should have been ahead 2-0 or 3-0 before Middlesbrough equalized in their shocking FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils had plenty of chances early on, but converted only one through winger Jadon Sancho. It happened after Cristiano Ronaldo surprisingly pulled a penalty kick past.

In the second half, Rashford showed a lack of calm as he sent a first-half effort over.

Boro somehow managed to get a hold of the ball and grabbed a controversial free kick after 64 minutes. Substitute Duncan Watmore appeared to be handling the field before attempting to lob Dean Henderson. The ball fell to Matt Crooks at the back post and he slipped home.

United complained about handball, but VAR did not intervene due to a change in the rules before the season began.

Bruno Fernandes then hit the post with the goal at his mercy as the match went into extra time.

United’s creativity broke out and they did not manage to muster many good chances from then on.

It led to a penalty kick in the fourth round. Most were safely shipped before Anthony Elanga blasted his own header to send Boro through when Chris Wilder’s men recorded a memorable victory.

Ralf Rangnick was a disappointment, however

After the match, Rangnick said (via BBC Sports): “Incredibly disappointed, we should have won and killed the match in the first half. Overhead, post, burnt penalty kick and several chances. It should have been 2-0 or 3-0.

“We conceded a goal that I do not understand why it was on. He controlled it with his hand.

“The moment they scored, it was clear that VAR would not let this goal stand. We were not well placed at that moment, too open and allowed them counter, we should have won the match.

“Anthony Elanga, anyone can imagine how he us, he is crushed and absolutely disappointed. That was the eighth sentence that everyone had converted. “

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Wilder pays homage to the magic of the heads

Opposition manager Wilder said: “The FA Cup is alive and kicking, especially in Middlesbrough. I told the players it was about creating memories.

“We rode our luck and took our chances. The decisions made through VAR have changed since I left the Premier League – I immediately thought it was handball. I thought it would be chalked out and I was glad it was not. “

Boro striker Watmore added: “It was completely random. Great to make a difference and put Crooksy up. Me and Crooksy were in a United senior team together here – so it’s even more special.”

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