Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has spoken out following his side’s 1-1 draw with Young Boys on Wednesday night. The Red Devils went into the match already through to the knockout stages of the Champions League. But they couldn’t end their group stage campaign with a victory, with their Swiss opponents holding them to a 1-1 draw.
Manchester United took the lead in the ninth minute through Mason Greenwood, with the England international acrobatically putting the home side ahead.
However, Fabian Rieder’s screamer drew Young Boys level with David Wagner’s side ultimately able to leave Old Trafford with a point to their name.
While United weren’t able to claim all three points, there were still several positives to take from the showdown – which was Rangnick’s second game in charge since replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this month.
Greenwood and Amad looked potent up front, with the latter making his first appearance since a loan move to Feyenoord broke down back in the summer transfer window.
Anthony Elanga was also sharp, while Eric Bailly was commanding after being picked alongside Nemanja Matic in the heart of Rangnick’s defence.
And it was also a night where United gave Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal their first-team debuts, with the pair both coming on in the closing stages.
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And Rangnick, speaking to BT Sport after the contest, accused his players of being ‘sloppy’ during the contest.
“We should have been 2 if not 3-0 up,” he said.
“We had two great opportunities from Amad and Juan Mata. We were a bit sloppy in these situations. We had a third one from Elanga in the second half.
“We were not defending high enough, not proactive enough.
“We also could have conceded two or three goals. If the final score was 3-3 or 4-3 to us no one could have complained.”
He then added: “What was annoying was how we gave the goal away. We played too many balls into the first line of their pressing area and this was also the case for the goal we conceded.
“We could have cleared the ball easily. Whenever we played the ball into the second or third line we were always dangerous.”
Rangnick did, however, admit it was good to see Luke Shaw back in action after the England international completed 60 minutes upon his return from injury.
“It was great to see Luke Shaw back,” said the 63-year-old, who was taking charge of just his second game.
“Hopefully he can be a candidate for the Norwich game in the squad.”
On a late injury to Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he then added: “He got two knocks, one on the wrist and knee.
“We have to see how this develops by Saturday.”
While Rangnick was far from happy with his United players, BT Sport pundits Owen Hargreaves and Rio Ferdinand lauded Greenwood for his terrific finish.
“Mason Greenwood. He’s pretty special,” said Hargreaves.
“There’s a lot of players out there that have cost a lot of money that have been brought from other teams.
“Mason is through the academy and he’s probably the most talented one. Ralf gets to see him in a live setting and see him score a goal like that.
“He’s one of the best finishers at the club, can play multiple positions he’s good on the ball, people always talk about his finishing but ability to use the ball, receive the ball, doesn’t get enough credit.
“I think he’s going to be one of those who will be in the starting XI soon.”
And Ferdinand added: “I love him, there’s not enough words for me to describe what I feel about this boy as a player seriously because he’s a beautiful footballer,” he said.
“When he came into the team everyone spoke about his finishing because that’s what you see straight away but when you actually break his game down he’s so efficient in what he does.
“Receiving the ball, his body angles his movement to receive the balls and what I like about him is very rarely do you see him get tackled. A lot of young players on that pitch got tackled today. There were a lot of turnovers but he’s very elusive with the ball.
“He takes the ball away from defenders. There are so many things you can love about his game, yes there are things to work on he’s a young kid that’s inevitable but the ceiling for this kid is so high.
“Even pressing I’ve seen his stats in terms of sprints and high intensity runs.
“What he could be if he dedicates himself to the game like he is at the moment and continues and keeps that growing and taking the opportunity like he is at the moment… England are missing out at the moment because he can come in and add value to that team.”