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'It's On The Players Today': Neil Lennon Doesn't Know What Else Ralf Rangnick Could Do Today

'It's On The Players Today': Neil Lennon Doesn't Know What Else Ralf Rangnick Could Do Today
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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It was Manchester United's 4-1 defeat at Watford in November that ultimately led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's sacking as manager, and the arrival of Ralf Rangnick as his replacement.

After another disappointing result against the Hornets, a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday, questions were naturally being asked of Manchester United's star-studded attack.

Neil Lennon on Premier Sports, though, was insistent that Ralf Rangnick had gotten his job spot-on on Saturday, and that the blame lay firmly with the players on the pitch.

'You can't blame Ralf Rangnick today' - Neil Lennon

After Saturday's game between Manchester United and Watford, the real winners of the day were United's rivals for a top four place.

Midweek saw Ralf Rangnick's side struggle to create anything meaningful in terms of attacks in Madrid against Atletico, and they were ultimately bailed out by a late goal from 19-year-old Anthony Elanga.

Saturday's game saw a complete shift, as they created a 22 shots, but could incredibly only get three on target, failing to turn a single one of them into a goal.

The only time they did find the net, Cristiano Ronaldo was ruled offside. He would also go on to inadvertently block his own teammate Bruno Fernandes' goal-bound shot, and squander several chances, as his struggles continue.



The team setup appeared to work in build-up for Manchester United, and Rangnick's in-game management was once again spot on. The struggling Fred, Nemanja Matic and Alex Telles were all withdrawn, with both Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw impressing off the bench.

But the changes brought about by Ralf Rangnick in his three months in charge will be in vain if they do not translate to goals - a point Neil Lennon was keen to hammer home during Premier Sports' post-match analysis.

That's a bit of robbery there today. You can't blame the coach today, he's got the team right, they've had chances, they should have won the game. It's an opportunity lost.

You can't blame Rangnick today, honestly you can't. Clear cut chances, they worked the ball well, they played with real swagger in the first-half.

In the end, though, it got desperate. They were pushing, and pushing, and they could have even lost the game on the counter-attack.

But he sent all the troops on - Rashford, Sancho, put Fernandes back in midfield. His changes were positive to try and win the game.

The players have to hold their hands up today and say, 'we got it wrong.'

I always think the manager tends to take the blame, but I thought his setup was right, he picked the right team, they dominated the game, and they haven't won. It's on the players today.

Rangnick's side have now taken 26 points from his first 13 Premier League games in charge. Seven wins, five draws, and only one defeat thus far is by no means a poor record.


But, with their next three games in the Premier League including trips to the Etihad and Anfield, and the visit of Tottenham to Manchester, there could be a nasty surprise around the corner if they don't begin converting chances.

Rangnick himself is well aware of that struggle, as he acknowledged his team's lack of a clinical edge in the aftermath of the stalemate.

We did everything apart from scoring. It's hard to take that result but, if you create that many chances, it's difficult to win the game.

We need to be sharper in front of goal. We can hardly create more chances than we did today.

Our job as coaches is to help the team to create enough chances. The number of clear chances we had today had to be enough to win a game like this.

The next few weeks will be enormous for Manchester United. Arsenal have the chance to surpass them by seven points if they win their games in hand, while Spurs can also overtake them if they do similar.

Ralf Rangnick must be wondering what more he can do in the Old Trafford hotseat.

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