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Ralf Rangnick found Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool “humiliating” and believes they need to follow their rivals’ lead to close a six-year gap.
Manchester United were well beaten as Liverpool put four past them with no answer Tuesday evening. Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah scored in the first half before Sadio Mane and Salah scored after the break.
The chances were few and far between Manchester United, who did not record a single shot in the first half. Although there were some signs of settlement after the break, Liverpool once again turned the match around from them.
It will only increase the questions that are being asked about Old Trafford. Rangnick’s men are now three points from the top four, but have played more matches than all the sides above them.
They could also look over their shoulders, West Ham in seventh place and maybe even Wolves in eighth place. Rangnick has some issues to resolve if United are to avoid a complete disaster.
There were many things they could have done differently that night against Liverpool. That said, Rangnick felt they were too far away anyway.
He told Today’s game: “I do not think that another formation in the beginning would have changed anything. The first goal we conceded was not part of the game plan to be so high up and concede a counterattack after five minutes. It changed the game.
– In the first half we were just not good enough. We did not win any first ball or second ball. We were second best in all relevant areas.
“In the second half we switched a central defender with Jadon Sancho. The first 25 minutes we were better and at times had pressure on the ball. Had two or three moments, but the third goal knocked the match out.
“For the third goal, it came from a ball we were not supposed to play. An urgent invitation – 12 yards into Anthony Elanga, who is a player for behind their back line. It invites them to those moments, and six seconds later the ball was in our network. “
Rangnick sees a copy of the Klopp effect
The interim Manchester United coach was ultimately embarrassed by the club’s performance, especially in relation to how Liverpool have built up under Jurgen Klopp.
Rangnick feels there is still a long way to go before United can catch up. However, he wants their culture to change in the same way that Klopp has thought about at Anfield.
Rangnick added: “It’s embarrassing, it’s disappointing, maybe even humiliating.
“We have to accept that they are six years ahead of us now. When Jurgen Klopp came, they changed in the club and lifted not only the team but also the club and the city to a new level.
“That’s what’s going to happen to us in the next transfer windows.”
Rangnick is set to become a consultant for the club, and Rangnick is likely to have some sort of influence in that process. But another – probably Erik ten Hag – should take the reins in the summer in the hope of inspiring such a remodel.
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