Man United: Ralph Rangnick admitted the strength of teams at the end of the English Premier League surprised him

Ralph Rangnick admits the strength of teams at the end of the Premier League surprised him as Man United struggle to reach their level… He also says that Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire should be fit to travel to Aston Villa

  • Manchester United will visit Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday evening
  • Interim manager Ralph Rangnick admitted that he was surprised by the strength of the league
  • United were lucky to beat Norwich and could only draw with Newcastle
  • They were pushed all the way by Aston Villa in the FA Cup and lost to Wolverhampton
  • Rangnick expects Ronaldo, Maguire, Phil Jones and Jadon Sancho to be fit











Ralph Rangnick has been surprised at how difficult it has been to beat smaller clubs in the Premier League during his short stint as interim manager of Manchester United.

Three of Rangnick’s first five Premier League games were against the bottom three, and United were fortunate to beat Norwich and take a point at Newcastle before beating Burnley.

They were also pushed into the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Monday by 14th-placed Aston Villa, and their opponents again in the league on Saturday.

Ralf Rangnick, interim manager of Manchester United, has admitted that the strength of teams at the end of the Premier League has surprised him

United are struggling to find their best level as they try to finish fourth in the top spots

United are struggling to find their best level as they try to finish fourth in the top spots

Rangnick admits he is more familiar with the status quo in Germany where clubs like Bayern Munich dominate and are rarely defeated by the Bundesliga.

He said: ‘What surprised me a little bit is that the teams in the lower ranks of the league are very physical, tactically smart and play in a very organized way.

“In this league, even against the bottom teams, it’s never easy, the top teams can lose those games.

“In Germany, if Bayern plays with the bottom teams in 10 matches, they will usually win eight or nine matches.”

Scott McTominay scored the winning goal for United when they beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup last Monday - and now they will meet again in the Premier League on Saturday.

Scott McTominay scored the winning goal for United when they beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup last Monday – and now they will meet again in the Premier League on Saturday.

Man United matches

Premier League unless mentioned

Saturday Aston Villa (A)

January 22 West Ham (H)

February 4 Middlesbrough (H)

Fourth round of the FA Cup

February 8 Burnley (A)

February 12 Southampton (H)

February 20 Leeds United (A)

Rangnick admits there is still a long way to go to transform United into a team that can dominate matches the way they want.

He added: ‘I just knew this couldn’t happen overnight. It’s a work in progress, but we’ve shown that we’ve conceded fewer goals than they did two weeks ago.

“It’s also about controlling the game and obviously we’ve taken a few steps but things can still improve and we have to find the best possible formation.

We need to make sure we have the best and newest players on the pitch and that means we can change squads during the match or from one match to the next.

“It’s still a work in progress and there are still a few things to improve.”

Rangnick expects Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Harry Maguire and Phil Jones to be ready for the trip to Villa Park after missing the Cup win over Steven Gerrard’s side due to injury.

“I think they will be available,” he said. They only trained yesterday for the first time – Cristiano yesterday and Harry the day before yesterday. We have to wait for the last training session, but they have to be available.

Rangnick expects Cristiano Ronaldo to be fit enough to take a trip to Aston Villa

Rangnick expects Cristiano Ronaldo to be fit enough to take a trip to Aston Villa

.

Leave a Comment