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Manchester United coach Rangnick admits his team was not proactive

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Manchester United coach Rangnick admits his team was not proactive

Manchester United coach Rangnick admits his team was not proactive

Manchester United held a 1-1 draw with Young Boys in the Champions League group stage football match. Mason Greenwood took the lead in the night minute of the match but by the end of the first half Fabian Rieder leveled up. No goals were scored after the interval and the match score 1-1 remained constant until the final whistle. New Red Devils coach Ralf Rangnick admitted that his team was not ‘proactive enough’ in a game that, in his view, could have ended 3-3 or 4-3 to the English side. 

“I was fully aware before the game that with this team that we play today, they haven’t played together not only with regard formation but also as a team,” Rangnick told BT Sport.  “The first half hour I think we did okay, we had a few unforced errors even in those first 30 minutes but at least we had control of the game. I think we should have been minimum 2-0 up or 3-0 up but we were sloppy with those situations.”

“We could have scored three or four goals but obvs after we conceded the equaliser we were not proactive enough and we could have also conceded two or three goals. If in the end the final score would be 3-3 or 4-3 to us, no one would have complained,” he added.

“Quite a few debuts, debut for Tom Heaton, quite a few youngsters, game time for players who desperately need game time. On the whole I wouldn’t say I am happy, but I am OK,” he said. “It was an experiment, I did it on purpose. I wanted to save the players’ energy for the game on Saturday against Norwich.” 

“What really was a little bit annoying was the way we gave the goal away, we played too many balls into the first line of their pressing area and we could have cleared the ball easily. I told them that before the game, and they still played the ball in that situation, it was more or less a pressing invitation that we sent.”

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