Newcastle, England: Manchester United interim manager Ralph Rangnick was unhappy with his team’s poor performance in a 1-1 Premier League draw at struggling Newcastle United on Monday.
Newcastle missed several good chances and goalkeeper David de Gea’s brilliant performance saved Rangnik from his first defeat as Manchester United boss.
“I didn’t like the performance at all,” the German told Sky Sports as he extended his unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions.
“Today we didn’t control the game except for a few moments. It’s about energy, physicality and who wins the second ball. We weren’t doing our best in all those areas. The good thing is that we got a point but we need to improve our performance.”
The visitors looked uneasy every time Newcastle came forward and Rangnick, who began his tenure with 1–0 wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich City, made his decision to return to a 4–2–3–1 formation against Newcastle. defended.
“Today it was not a question of formation – it was a question of how aggressive we were,” he said. “You have to be willing and able to win those direct duels and that was not often the case.
“If you want to be competitive here you have to be physical and that was not the case in many parts of the game,” he said. We shouldn’t be looking for excuses – we need to get better and be more physical.”
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe lamented his team’s missed opportunities, although he praised Alan Saint-Maximin, who gave the home team an early lead before Edinson Cavani leveled.
He said, “We are very disappointed because we deserved to win. The players executed the game plan brilliantly. I thought we were very good and we did not deserve to lose.
“Naturally with someone like (Saint-Maximin) you want him to have the ball all the time. When he is on song there is no one like him. The key to our success is trying to feed him as much as we can.”
(Written by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ed Osmond)