Hargreaves defends Rangnick and highlights big decline in United's finishing

Owen Hargreaves believes Manchester United would have comfortably beaten Watford four or five-nil at Old Trafford four or five years ago.

Ralf Rangnick’s side had 22 shots on goal against the Hornets yesterday, but only three hit the target on what was another frustrating day at the office for the Reds.

Roy Hodgson’s side came into the clash at the Theatre of Dreams off the back of conceding four goals against Crystal Palace three days prior.

But the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo missed great chances to put a huge dent in United’s fight to finish in that all important fourth spot.

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Former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves highlighted United’s decline by criticising their wastefulness in front of goal.

Speaking via Premier League Productions, Hargreaves said: “Probably on another day, they could have won four or 5-0. Probably four or five years ago, they would have won four or five-nil with the chances they created.

“Goalscoring has been a huge issue for United this season, I think they’ve got 20 less than Man City, and 25 than Liverpool.

“That’s the big thing, today you’ve got to win that game, the chances are there.

“They’ll be devastated because that top four race is so important to the football club, but they just can’t covert their chances.”

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Liverpool have scored 70 goals in the Premier League this season and Manchester City have netted 64 times. Whereas United are way back with 44 goals.

Hargreaves launched a staunch defence of interim boss Rangnick claiming the players needed to take responsibility for their sloppiness in front of goal.

The former England international said: “They’re playing a lot better under Ralf, they really are.

“If anybody thinks Ralf’s the problem, then they’re not watching properly.

“The players are the ones responsible on the pitch, and they’ve got to take those chances when they’re there.”

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