Ralf Rangnick insists Man Utd game against Arsenal is “not what he wants” to see


Ralf Rangnick has insisted that Manchester United’s game against Arsenal on Thursday night was “not what he wants to see”.

The Red Devils’ new interim manager spoke to the media for the first time since being announced as the temporary replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this week.

Rangnick was unable to take charge of the win over Arsenal on Thursday after having issues obtaining a work permit but did watch the match from the stands at Old Trafford.

He will now prepare to take charge of his first match when United host Crystal Palace in the league on Sunday.

Ralf Rangnick has now taken over as Manchester United interim coach
Ralf Rangnick has said the Arsenal match was ‘not what he wants to see’

Speaking in his press conference on Friday morning, Rangnick said: “I’m very much looking forward to Sunday. Yesterday in the box, I felt with Michael [Carrick], Kieran [McKenna], it could have been 3-3.

“You don’t want these types of games as a coach. In the end, I was more than happy we got the result we wanted.”

United had gone 1-0 down following a bizarre goal from Emile Smith Rowe, before Bruno Fernandes equalised on the stroke of half-time.

A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half, either side of a Martin Odegaard equaliser, was enough to secure all three points.

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Ralf Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick watched on from the stands

The victory lifted United up into seventh in the table and they now trail fourth place West Ham United by just three points.

Thursday’s win was the last match overseen by caretaker boss Michael Carrick, who announced he was leaving the club following the match.

Carrick had worked as an assistant manager since retiring as a player in 2018 and was unbeaten in his caretaker role with two wins and a draw from three matches.

Rangnick went on to discuss the victory over Arsenal further, adding: “All of you saw the game. The first half was shaky with this unlucky goal.

Michael Carrick
Michael Carrick stepped down at full-time

“Even myself, I said where is David? 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.”

Rangnick will remain as interim manager until the end of the season before taking on a consultancy role with the club until the summer of 2024.