Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was far from happy with his side’s performance, particularly in the first half, against Atletico Madrid during Wednesday’s Champions League knockout first-leg tie.
The Red Devils started Wednesday’s important European clash on the back foot and conceded an early goal after just seven minutes, thanks to a brilliant header from Joao Felix.
Clearly not at the races, the Red Devils failed to register a single shot on target throughout the game’s first 45-minutes.
Although young winger Anthony Elanga was able to drag the Red Devils level late on in the second half, Rangnick has been quick to condemn his side’s performance.
Speaking after Wednesday’s first-leg fixture at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, the German tactician said: “I don’t know if I rescued it but after the performance in the first half, it could only get better. What we played in the first half I still cannot believe. We played without conviction, without aggression and that is why we were struggling. Second half we did better, more possession in areas that mattered and if we played another 10 minutes we might have won the game. We have to play better in the first half, I was very disappointed by that performance in the first half.
“Against and with the ball we were far too apprehensive and did not take any risks. We only played it in our own half and then it is difficult against a team like Atletico. Their goal was difficult to defend, a brilliant cross and finish. We have to play with more conviction on the ball, we need more deep runs and the way we scored the goal was exactly that. This is how we have to play against them.”
“After the performance in the first half it could only get better.”
“I wish a few other players would take Elanga as an example.”
Ralf Rangnick was not happy with Man Utd’s first-half display but it’s game on for the second leg 👊
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 23, 2022