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Ralf Rangnick tells Manchester United fans not to get their hopes up after recent performances


Ralf Rangnick knows he has a lot of work to do at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty Images)

New Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has warned fans that they should not get their hopes up too much after watching their performances in recent defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City and even in the draw with Chelsea.

Rangnick will take charge of his first game as United boss at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon and Red Devils fans will be hoping that he can begin their push for a top four finish.

While that is undoubtedly the aim for the German, he says he has to be realistic about what he can do with the team in a short space of time and has reminded fans of performances in recent weeks.

The 63-year-old says that the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool and one-sided 2-0 loss to Manchester City could both have been even worse than they were, while he was not enamoured with the 1-1 draw against Chelsea, which the Blues dominated.

‘I am more than optimistic, but I also have to be realistic,’ Rangnick told reporters. ‘Five weeks ago, our team lost 5-0 against Liverpool and it could have been a lot more if we are honest.

‘Against City it was 2-0 — but it could also have been more. It was important to win the point at Chelsea, but the performance? I don’t know. They had 24 shots on goal and we had three.’

United picked up a 3-2 win over Arsenal in a thrilled on Thursday as Rangnick watched on in Michael Carrick’s last game in charge as caretaker manager.

While the result will have pleased him, and he saw potential in his new side, he clearly saw that there is a lot of work to do to turn the team into one that can compete with the best in the Premier League.

Rangnick will lead United against Palace at 2pm on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)

‘All of you saw the game,’ he said. ‘The first half was shaky with this unlucky goal. Even myself, I said where is David [De Gea]?

‘After that goal, it was a major blow for the team, they were lacking confidence. Which is normal after the recent weeks.

‘It was important to get the equaliser before halftime.

‘You could see the potential that was in the team. To transfer the game away from our own box into an area where we have our assets.’


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