After the five-match unbeaten start to life at Old Trafford ended in a surprise loss to Wolves, Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has revealed his mistakes as he promise to bring back hope to Old Trafford.
The German manager admits his side is struggling to find a balance under his system and still lacking ‘quite a few steps’.
The Red Devils suffered their first defeat under Rangnick in a 1-0 loss to Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday.
Bruno Lage’s side, in their customary back three formation, troubled an error-prone United in the first half. Rangnick changed his tactics after the break, opting for a defensive trident. The change, however, failed to spark a turnaround. United couldn’t breach the visitors’ backline and paid the ultimate price when Joao Moutinho scored an 82nd-minute winner for Wolves.
In a recent interview, Rangnick clearly stated that he knew it wasn’t going to be rosy at Manchester United and he agreed to take the job irrespective of the turbulence that comes with it.
“I knew it would be a difficult job,” said the manager in a post-match press conference on Monday.
“There was a reason why they contacted me and signed me, so I knew from the start it would not be an easy job to find the best possible balance with regards to the players we have offensively and defensively.
“It was important for me we don’t concede that many goals. But again today against a good team, one of the better teams in possession of the ball and not an easy team to create chances [against] ourselves, it still showed we are struggling and we have quite a few steps to take.
Rangnick added: “It’s always a question of balance. How do you need to create chances offensively and how compact do you have to be to defend your own goal? This is what it’s all about. Finding the best possible players for the formation and hoping every player plays in his best possible position.”
Rangnick’s men, who lie four points outside the top-four, return to action next Monday at home to Aston Villa in a third-round FA Cup clash.