same old story Ralf Rangnick with a familiar lament as Manchester United drop more points at Burnley
Manchester United's push for a top four finish in the Premier League hit another roadblock as they dropped more points in a 1-1 draw against struggling Burnley.
Rangnick admitted his Manchester United side were not good enough after they slipped out of the Premier League’s top four with a 1-1 draw against relegation-battling Burnley.
United dominated the first half at Turf Moor but, after two goals were ruled out, had only Paul Pogba’s first league goal in over a year to show for it.
And that proved costly as Burnley emerged from the tunnel a different team after the break, levelling swiftly through Jay Rodriguez’s 100th league goal – and first in 50 league appearances – before threatening a winner through the lively Wout Weghorst.
The German criticised the officials for disallowing first a Raphael Varane header because Harry Maguire had been offside, then a Josh Brownhill own goal because Pogba had fouled Erik Pieters in the build-up, but accepted his side had not done enough.
"I think we played a fantastic first half, couldn't have played any better," said Rangnick. "We scored three goals, the second that was disallowed I cannot understand. It was a very, very soft decision by the linesman. He flagged the foul five or six seconds after it took pace.
"Anyway it was 1-0 at half time, we knew they would come out in the second half in a more aggressive way and the only thing I can complain the team about was we were not aggressive enough in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
"If you look into the whole game we dominated for most of it. Winning one point is not enough and another frustrating again.
"It really surprised me he flagged when the ball was in the ne. Had he really seen the foul? The first I can understand why it was disallowed, it was a hard one, but the second I cannot understand.
"[In the second half] We were playing tiki taka football in our own half and not direct enough. We had the counter attack but gave the ball away too easily in their box."
When asked whether his side needed to find consistency, he insisted the performances they are producing should be enough to produce wins.
"Under normal circumstances we should have been two or three up at half time. It should have been more than 1-0," he added. "Today we scored three goals, I cannot blame the team for not scoring."
Rangnick's comments could also have been muttered after last Friday's FA Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough, with United opening the door for the teams around them to steal a march in the push for a top four finish.
"Two points dropped," declared United captain Harry Maguire. "I think you saw the first half. We had control. We have got to win the game with the amount of chances we created. We had to get that second goal.
"We wanted to dominate the game but for sure when you come to Burnley away you are not going to dominate for 90 minutes. We had to see iit out better. We conceded like against Middlesbrough when they had that spell of pressure. We have got to be that bit more clinical.
"It was a disappointing goal on our behalf to concede. We came out in the second half a bit sloppy. We had long enough in the game to come back from that and try and find the winner. We demand on ourselves to win the football match so it is disappointing."
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