Man United boss Ralf Rangnick is unimpressed by his side’s lack of ‘intensity’ during narrow win over Norwich and slams their body language as he insists goalkeeper David de Gea ‘won us the game’
- Man United beat Norwich 1-0 in their Premier League clash on Saturday evening
- Ralf Rangnick said Manchester United only won because of keeper David De Gea
- The interim manager has said his players’ body language was not good enough
Ralf Rangnick said Manchester United only won because of goalkeeper David De Gea with the interim manager saying his players’ body language was not good enough against a battling Norwich City side.
Though United left Carrow Road with a 1-0 win thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, the performance was far from one of dominance against the Premier League’s bottom side.
Rangnick afterwards said his forwards failed to insert the intensity needed to play his way while also praising the hosts’ performance.
Ralf Rangnick said Manchester United only won because of goalkeeper David De Gea
‘I’ve told Dean (Smith) that Norwich didn’t play like a bottom team,’ Rangnick said. ‘In the second half we had better body language up front but we still allowed them to have chances. In the end it is David De Gea who won us the game.’
Continuing on his attacking players, which included Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes, Rangnick said: ‘The body language, the intensity, the aggressiveness, especially in our offensive department – I don’t only mean the strikers but also the two No 10s – we didn’t play on the same intensity level as we did against Crystal Palace. But that also had to do with the way Norwich played.’
De Gea was responsible for several big saved to keep United in the game on Saturday night
However, Rangnick afterwards said his forwards failed to insert the intensity needed to play his way while also praising the hosts’ performance
Worryingly, Victor Lindelof needed substituting after having trouble breathing. But Rangnick said the centre back seemed fine following treatment and could face Brentford on Tuesday. ‘They have done all the tests and he seems OK,’ Rangnick said.
Smith wasn’t happy with the officiating at Carrow Road.
‘You don’t always get what you deserve,’ said Smith, before taking aim at the penalty won by Ronaldo and refereeing by Darren England. ‘It’s soft. Is there contact in the box? Yes. Is his arm on his shoulder? Yes. Is it enough to make the player go down? No.
‘Generally I felt they were allowed to dictate the game. Marcus Rashford gave himself a free-kick in the first half.’
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