Ralf Rangnick reflects on Wolves defeat
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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has been ruthlessly criticised by Gabriel Agbonlahor following his side’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday. Joao Moutinho netted the only goal of the game at Old Trafford. And it means the Red Devils now face a massive challenge to get into the Champions League qualifying slots.
Moutinho scored with less than 10 minutes on the clock to rock United and earn Wolves a famous win.
It was a dreadful night for Rangnick’s team, who have now lost six of their last 12 matches.
United had gone into the match expected to beat Wolves, especially after swashbuckling their way past Burnley on Thursday.
Yet the result has set them back – leading to more scrutiny over both the players and Rangnick.
Agbonlahor, speaking to Football Insider, believes the United interim boss isn’t up to the task at Old Trafford.
And the former Aston Villa striker also called out Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford for the way they performed during the contest.
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“Man United are not playing a 4-2-2-2, it’s a 4-4-2 – it’s like going back 15 years,” he said.
“Man United haven’t played 4-4-2 for years. Maybe the times of Rooney and Berbatov with Nani and Ronaldo on the wings it worked.
“This squad, it’s not working now. They got overran in midfield.
“The attitude of the players. Sancho, for me, was brought in for a big fee and didn’t take anybody on.
“Semedo had the easiest game of his life. Sancho didn’t take him on, just passed it backward. He had no confidence.
“Rashford came on, it looks like he’s sulking with his body language. Whenever the camera was on him he didn’t look happy.
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“Greenwood was the only one who shouldn’t have been taken off and he got taken off.
“He reminds me of a headmaster at a school who’s been brought in to be a manager. He’s a millions miles off it.
“It just sums up Man United as a club over the past few years. They can’t get anything right.
“Ole wasn’t the man. They’ve gone to Rangnick for whatever reason and he’s not good enough.
“It comes to a time where it doesn’t matter if there’s no manager, players have got to take responsibility. Players can take it into their own hands and put in a performance.
“That team, and Sancho, they were shocking. The tactics were all over the place.”
Rangnick fronted up after the game, conceding United were dreadful on the night and deserved to lose.
“We didn’t play well at all individually or collectively,” he said.
“In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our goal.
“In the second half we changed to a back three and had more control then a spell of 15 minutes where we could have scored.
“The goal we conceded, we had enough players in the box. The cross had been defended by Jones but the goal we conceded was like too many this season.”
Yet while it was a painful night for United, Wolves boss Bruno Lage was delighted with his side’s showing.
“It is one more victory,” said the Portuguese.
“Lovely stadium, a place with a lot of history but the most important thing is how we played.
“We played in our way, we controlled the first half and missed a lot of chances.
“We win three points, and have more chances than goals.
“We deserved the three points. Every time I am positive and try to win the games. This is football, they had one good chance for Bruno.”
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