Ralf Rangnick Laments Manchester United’s Lackluster Performance After A Stalemate With Burnley

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Ralf Rangnick confirmed that his Manchester United team was not good enough after falling out of the Premier League’s top four with a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Burnley.

Ralf Rangnick Laments Manchester United's Lackluster Performance After A Stalemate With Burnley
Ralf Rangnick Laments Manchester United’s Lackluster Performance

United dominated the first half at Turf Moor but had only Paul Pogba’s first league goal in almost a year to show for it after two efforts were called off.

Burnley came out of the tunnel a different team after the break, quickly leveling with Jay Rodriguez’s 100th league goal – and first in 50 league games – before threatening a winner through the lively Wout Weghorst.

Following on from Friday’s FA Cup loss at the hands of Middlesbrough, it was another unhappy night for United, whose difficulties at both ends of the field remain visible 12 games into Rangnick’s interim reign.

The German chastised the authorities for ruling out a Raphael Varane header because Harry Maguire was offside, and then a Josh Brownhill own goal because Pogba fouled Erik Pieters in the build-up, but said his team had not done enough.

“We scored three goals in the first half, and I couldn’t blame the team for lacking a killer instinct in the first half,” he stated on BT Sport.

“But, as I mentioned, we had a number of set-pieces, free kicks, and corner kicks in the last 25 minutes.” In the end, it came down to luck, with (a chance for) Rafa Varane, Cristiano Ronaldo’s header, and Harry Maguire’s header.

Ralf Rangnick Laments Manchester United's Lackluster Performance After A Stalemate With Burnley
Ralf Rangnick Laments Manchester United’s Lackluster Performance

However, one point for a performance like this is simply insufficient.

Rangnick was particularly irritated that Brownhill’s own goal had been called out.

“I was watching it right now in the locker room, and the linesman flagged for a foul (on Pogba), but flagged 10 seconds after the action, and this was a very soft decision,” he remarked.

“But, once again, we played a fantastic first half.” I think we dominated and controlled the game. We scored three goals, but two of them were disallowed, and then in the second half, especially the opening 15 to 20 minutes, we were simply not aggressive enough.”

West Ham’s 1-0 win over Watford lifted David Moyes’ team back over Manchester United into fourth place, while Arsenal might leapfrog them on goal difference if they beat Wolves on Thursday.

The point was more useful to Burnley, however Sean Dyche knows his team needs to add to their solitary victory this season if they are to move off the bottom of the table. Despite the fact that the final whistle was met with a standing ovation, Burnley’s deficit to safety widened to four points on the night as Newcastle defeated Everton.

“It’s not an easy scenario; we’re bottom of the league,” Dyche stated. “I don’t believe we should be here, but here we are.” We need to fix it, and playing against Manchester United is difficult.

“There may be some buzz around them right now, but if you look at that squad sheet, they’ve got top, top guys.” We didn’t get a handle on the performance, but we stayed together, and at halftime, I asked a few more questions of a few persons, thinking we carried a few. But there was a very positive reception thereafter.”

Dyche’s decision to move Maxwel Cornet to the wing in order to bring Rodriguez in as a strike partner for Weghorst was rewarded with a long-awaited historic goal.

Ralf Rangnick Laments Manchester United's Lackluster Performance After A Stalemate With Burnley

“He’s a really talented player,” Dyche remarked of his 32-year-old counterpart. “With injury and Covid and the rest of it, he’s never had a genuine run for us, but he’s demonstrated what a pro he is over the years.”

He worked hard in the first half and then came up with the goal in the second.”

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