Ralf Rangnick admits Manchester United ‘still have a long way to go’ after their defeat at home against Wolves… as he insists he knew it would be a difficult job when he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ralf Rangnick admitted that Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves was a reminder of just how far he has to go to turn things around at Old Trafford after taking over until the end of the season.
‘I knew it would be a difficult job, that was the reason they contacted me and signed me,’ he said.
‘I knew from the start it wouldn’t be easy to find the right balance offensively, defensively.
Ralf Rangnick suffered his first defeat as Manchester United interim manager against Wolves
United were outclassed by Wolves who got an 82nd minute winner through Joao Moutinho
‘Today we showed similar problems the team had three or four weeks ago before I arrived. It is not an easy job to develop a DNA with and without the ball.
‘Wolves were the best team we’ve played. We didn’t press at all. We tried but we were not able to get into those pressing situations.’
Asked if United can make the top four after slipping closer to bottom-of-the-table Norwich than leaders Manchester City, Rangnick replied: ‘I cannot make any guarantees. Look at today’s performance.
Rangnick has admitted that United still have a ‘long way’ to go following their 1-0 defeat
‘If I say we are 100 per cent convinced we will finish in the top four, I don’t know if people will believe that.
‘I knew this would be hard but today’s game showed we still have a long way to go.’
Wolves hero Joao Moutinho dedicated the winning goal to his family after sealing the club’s first victory at Old Trafford since 1980.
‘I have a baby that is three months old now and the goal is for my wife and two daughters,’ he said. ‘I had to wait the nine months and then three months more to be able to do this celebration, but it’s for them.
‘Winning here at Old Trafford against a big team is amazing for us. We controlled everything.’
Rangnick knew it would be a tough job and the defeat will show him the huge task at hand