Manchester United coach, Ralf Rangnick was unhappy with his team’s loss this week at Atletico de Madrid (0-1) in the round of 16 in the ‘Champions’ League’. He criticised the mattress players who “always” were wasting time by putting “someone sitting on the floor” to maximize their advantage.
“I do not believe the game was longer than three minutes, but it was always interrupted by a player sitting on the floor. I also think there were some odd refereeing decisions. At the end of the day, I would not think they were decisive however, at least he did fall into the trap of wasted time. The extra four minutes were an annoyance for me” The coach remarked.
“I believe we had an excellent first half exactly as we wanted to be played with high energy. We couldn’t convert it into a couple of goals. There were some moments in which we could score, however did not.” Rangnick analyzed.
“Unfortunately we were unable to turn this energy into two or three goals in the opening half that was crucial for us to score our first goal for ourselves. Then we gave up that crucial moment of transition prior to the break and it didn’t make lives. easier. I’m still convinced that it was an offence against Anthony Elanga a little bit before the counter-attack incident but the referee as well as the linesman didn’t think it was in that way.”
“Honestly the first half was fantastic but it was a struggle to find the same rhythm in the second period. Additionally, we were aware that Atletico is very adept in defending their advantages” the manager recalled Rangnick and also warned at the press conference before the match on Old Trafford.
In regards to the chances for his players, the head coach of the’red devils claimed the team could’ve improved their fortunes in the second period. “We were fortunate to have a couple of moments in the second period and we had a fantastic saving by goalkeeper. We knew that against this team , you need to score the opening goal (to get the option of having more goals),” he said.
In addition, Rangnick did not answer on his future. “My main goal right now is to get the team to the top level with this team , and after that there’s enough time left to discuss other issues,” United’s caretaker manager said.