Ralf Rangnick admits Man United’s best chances for a trophy this season are now GONE and says they were ‘desperate’ to stay in the FA Cup, as they head for their longest drought since ’74 relegation
- Manchester United were knocked out of the FA Cup on Friday by Middlesbrough
- The Championship side forced their ways to penalties and they came out on top
- Interim United boss Ralf Rangnick accepts the best chance of a trophy is gone
- He explains that United were ‘desperate’ to win as their trophy drought goes on
A fourth round exit in the FA Cup to Championship side Middlesbrough means Manchester United’s best chance of a trophy this season is gone, accepts interim boss Ralf Rangnick.
Teenager Anthony Elanga missed the decisive penalty in Friday night’s shootout at Old Trafford, leaving United with just the Champions League to fight for as they are already well out of the Premier League title race.
Asked if the FA Cup was the best chance of a trophy, Rangnick said on Monday: ‘Yes of course, but this is hypothetical. There are still quite a lot of other top clubs in the competition, 16 top clubs.
‘Everybody could see how seriously we prepared the team for this game, we desperately wanted to win, but it didn’t happen.
‘There were quite a few other teams who have problems against lower division teams.
‘We didn’t win that was the worst part of it, not maybe that this would have been a chance to get some silverware. Now it’s high time to look ahead.’
More to follow.