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Ralf Rangnick ‘unsure’ if Man United players are to blame for poor form and demands ‘physical, mental and tactical focus’


Ralf Rangnick has said he “doesn’t know” whether his Manchester United players are to blame for the team’s poor form.

The German’s interim spell at Old Trafford entered its toughest period yet, with an eight-day streak that included an FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough, and back-to-back 1-1 draws in the Premier League .

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Rangnick’s interim spell met with a stumbling block

Ralf Rangnick ‘unsure’ if Man United players are to blame for poor form and demands ‘physical, mental and tactical focus’

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United players and supporters are growing frustrated with the lack of progress

Eminently winnable Premier League stalemates against Burnley and Southampton put pressure on the manager, who saw his side score a goal each time.

United are now falling behind in the top four race, and with early exits in the FA and Carabao Cups it looks like the Red Devils could have a dismal end to the season.

When asked if his underachieving players were to blame for the three-game losing streak, Rangnick said, “I don’t know.

“If you look at the current table, not just us, Arsenal, Tottenham and the other clubs, there is a reason.

“It’s something to discuss at the end of the season. The players are ambitious and want to improve. They want to win.

“My job is to help them and show them a way.”


Ralf Rangnick ‘unsure’ if Man United players are to blame for poor form and demands ‘physical, mental and tactical focus’

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Rangnick was impressed with his side’s early game, but it’s all downhill from there

Rangnick went on to elaborate on his time with the club, pointing out a clear problem that his side are unable to follow good starts.

“The situation is quite clear,” he explained. “In 11 of the 13 games since I took over, we scored first, but we didn’t win them all.

“The last three games were very sad that we didn’t win them. Players have ideas on the pitch.

“We have to do it for a whole game, that’s the next step we have to take.

Ralf Rangnick ‘unsure’ if Man United players are to blame for poor form and demands ‘physical, mental and tactical focus’

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“The first halves of the last two weeks have been really good – we haven’t conceded a goal.

“The next step is to stay focused; physically, mentally and tactically. We gave up goals too easily.

One of the highlights last time for United at Old Trafford was the summer signing of Sancho.

The England winger joined Borussia Dortmund for £73million last year, and despite struggling so far he has scored against Southampton.

Ralf Rangnick ‘unsure’ if Man United players are to blame for poor form and demands ‘physical, mental and tactical focus’

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Sancho has shown glimpses under Rangnick but has a long, long way to go before he reaches his Dortmund levels

Rangnick, like everyone in Germany, was well aware of Sancho’s extraordinary talent in the Bundesliga, and believes he can now step in at his new club.

“I’ve known Jadon since he was 17,” Rangnick said. I tried to convince him to join us in Leipzig, in the end he went to Dortmund.

“He has become one of the best wingers in Germany, if not in Europe.

“The step to a club like Manchester United was important for a 21-year-old player. The style of football we want to play matches his strengths perfectly. I support him. I tell him to try, the same happened with other players.

“Hopefully the same will happen with players like Marcus Rashford in the coming weeks.”

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