Ralf Rangnick claims he has “no regrets” about taking over as manager of Manchester United. The German has won just three of his last 12 Premier League games in charge, including Saturday’s match against Norwich at Old Trafford.
It has put United in danger of missing out on a place in the Champions League next season, but Rangnick thinks he did not make a mistake by accepting the job.
“No, no regrets whatsoever,” he said at a press appearance on Friday.
“I would do it again and again.” As a manager, I have no regrets about it. You have to constantly question and ask yourself what you might have done better if you could have used a different formation in certain games if you could have made a replacement earlier.
“This is what occurs all the time; we always question ourselves, wondering what we could have done differently.
“I think we’re all aware it’s not an easy squad; the situation was not easy, or I wouldn’t be sitting here, and Ole would most likely still be here.” Again, I believe we have demonstrated in the last several months that we were able to raise the bar, but not in the manner that I would have preferred. That is why I am dissatisfied with what we have accomplished thus far.”
At the end of the season, Rangnick will be replaced by Erik ten Hag.
Before the arrival of the next permanent manager, he has already given his assessment of the squad to the board, claiming that one or two of his players have struggled with the level of expectation at Old Trafford.
“It might be with one or two or three of our players,” Rangnick speculated. “It appears that the level of expectation is high, and some of the players appear to be struggling with their own performance in that regard.”
“But, again there are no alibis and no excuses, we have to be ready to cope and deal with it.” United fans are planning a demonstration before Saturday’s game against Norwich in an attempt to put more pressure on the Glazer family, the club’s owners.
The plan calls for fans to remain outside the stadium for the first 17 minutes of the game, one minute for each year of Glazer ownership, but Rangnick is optimistic that once inside, fans would rally behind the team.
“The support of the fans has been massive, no matter if it’s home or away,” he remarked. “We haven’t had a situation where they have turned their emotions against the team so far.” I understand; it’s a game of passion and emotion, after all.
“I’m not sure what they’re thinking, but I’ve heard they want to be 17 minutes late for the next 17 years.” Even if they do that, hopefully, they will continue to support the squad and rally behind us beyond those 17 minutes.
“How much they do depends on what we show on the pitch, so it’s a give-and-take situation.” We can’t expect them to just back us up no matter what happens on the field.”