Ralf Rangnick has shared his thoughts on Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Norwich at Carrow Road in an interview with BBC Sport.
United were way below their best in the first 45 minutes and did not improve much after half-time, with Norwich coming into the game more and more as it went along.
David de Gea won the man of the match award and saved United at least three times, including a stoppage time save from Ozan Kabak from close range.
Rangnick has shared what he said to the players but it did not have the desired effect on performance despite Cristiano Ronaldo getting the winning goal.
“It was a very intense game, very physical. Norwich played well, they didn’t play like a bottom team. We had some problems in the first 15 minutes. From the start we controlled the game but didn’t always have the best possible solutions,” said Rangnick.
“Defensively we did well, tactically in the first half we didn’t allow them to have too many shots or chances.”At half-time I told the boys we needed to increase the speed and intensity of the game. Th second half was a little bit better but at the end we were lucky to have a clean sheet and there were two or three clean sheets by David de Gea.
“It’s another clean sheet but still a lot of work to do. The second half I was not at all happy with the amount of corners that we gave away, but we got the three points. We have conceded the highest amount of goals in the top ten.
“Now we have two clean sheets which is good but we still need to improve on that away, especially against physical teams or teams that attack high like Norwich did. It’s also a question of body language and physicality and this was one of the major issues that we could have done better.”
United need to improve and Rangnick knows it. This performance will have laid bare the scale of the task facing him because it was like going back to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign here.
There was no cohesion or intensity to the performance for large periods and United sat too deep in trying to defend their lead.
There was also not the control Rangnick has demanded so often already in the short space of time he has been in charge and that will disappoint him as much as anything.
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