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Ralf Rangnick confirms Man United stars ignored his instructions – “I’m a little bit annoyed”

Ralf Rangnick has expressed frustration at his Manchester United players for ignoring his instructions to play more direct against Young Boys.

The German coach made wholesale changes to his side on Wednesday night with a number of fringe players getting a chance to stake a claim as they were already safely through to the Champions League knockout round.

Mason Greenwood put the Red Devils in front with a brilliant acrobatic finish but Fabian Rieder’s stunning strike after a Donny van de Beek mistake meant it finished 1-1 at Old Trafford.

And Rangnick was upset at the goal United conceded as his players tried to play out from the back when he had instructed them to break Young Boys’ press by going more direct.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “What was really a little bit annoying was the way that we also gave the goal away, because we played too many balls into the first line of their pressing area.

“And this was also the case with the goal that we conceded. We could have cleared the ball easily and whenever we played the ball into the second or third line, we were always dangerous.

“I told them that before the game but they still played in that situation the ball a five-metre pass and [Young Boys] were just waiting for that ball. It was more or less a pressing invitation that we sent.”

He continued: “I was fully aware before the game that with this team that we played today, we haven’t played together as team. The first half hour we did quite okay.

“We had a few unforced errors but had control of the game. We should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up. We had some great opportunities but we didn’t score. We were a bit sloppy with those situations.

“After we conceded the equaliser we were not defending high enough or pro-active enough. If in the end, the score would have been 4-4, then nobody could have complained.

There were quite a few debuts and game time for players who desperately need game time. I wouldn’t say I was happy but it was okay.”

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One Comment

  1. Manchester United need to play faster game not U_turn every time .let’s them fost the ball to enter! 2 to 5 times passes is like you bring this time in your home please we need goals don’t waste the field for nothing. Be aggressive and vigilant to score goals.

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