Rangnick denies manager talk is affecting Man Utd despite Everton loss

Date published: Saturday 9th April 2022 3:08 - Dan Butterfield

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick doesn’t believe the talk of who will be the club’s next manager is affecting his team, despite defeat at Everton.

Anthony Gordon’s deflected first-half strike was the difference between the two sides at Goodison Park.

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The defeat means it is now just one win in their last seven in all competitions for United amid a lot of talk off the field over the potential appointment of Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag as the clubs next permanent manager.

However, interim boss Rangnick doesn’t believe that is affecting his players.

“I don’t think this should be an excuse. We are Manchester United. We have lots of international players. There shouldn’t be an alibi. There will be a new manager next season. If this is announced now or in 10 days it shouldn’t have an impact.

“If you don’t score a single goal in 95 minutes we have to be disappointed. We had a good start and should have created more chances out of that domination. Then we concede a deflected shot and lost a bit of our composure.

“The second half we were trying to add creativity with substitutions but we didn’t always take the right decision.

“We had to do something. We needed a goal and we decided to bring [Juan] Mata and more verticality with [Anthony] Elanga. They were defending with their players in the last 35 minutes.

“We didn’t find the right player at the right moment. We didn’t have enough players in the box when we played crosses.

“It’s not only creativity. I think we had enough creative payers on the pitch. It’s also about being physical enough in the final third, being physical and trying to score a goal. We didn’t have enough players in the box.”

On the club’s top four hopes, the German conceded: “Difficult. As long as we don’t win our own games it doesn’t make sense to hope for good results from the other teams.

“Fred had some muscular problems on his hip flexor. We already are without McTominay. Without both defensive midfielders it isn’t good for us.”

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