Ralf Rangnick has apologized to Manchester United supporters after saying his “terrible” side were “humiliated” in the 4-0 loss to Brighton.
Brighton beat United at the Amex Stadium to ensure the visitors finish the season with their worst points tally in the Premier League era.
When asked if the performance was the worst of his tenure, Rangnick said sky sports“Yes, it was from the first to the last minute.
“We were second. We can only apologize to the fans. It was a terrible performance and a humiliating defeat.
“We gave them too much time, too much space. We couldn’t put ourselves in a position to stop them playing through our lines. The game plan was completely different. We told the players to be as compact as possible and then release the pressure. We couldn’t stop them.
“I don’t think the players ignored the game plan, but they weren’t able to stop them. We gave them too much space and time. When you give the technically good players that space, that’s what can happen.
“In the second half we took the risk of bringing in Cavani to play as a second striker, but looking back it was too risky to play in a 4-4-2 against them but we had to change of energy. Today we were second best.
“As a team, we didn’t defend at all. We couldn’t stop them.”
Manchester United fans packed away at the Amex but their anger at the team was easy to hear after they conceded the fourth goal, chanting en masse: ‘You are not fit to wear the shirt .”
Asked about the songs, the captain of the day Bruno Fernandes agreed with the supporters.
He said sky sports: “What we did, and by myself, was not enough to be in a Manchester United shirt. I accept that.”
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Lewis Jones of Sky Sports at the Amex:
“Pascal Gross shouldn’t be able to take Mickey from Manchester United.
“He’s a good player, don’t get me wrong – and one who thrived under Graham Potter – but he’s not capped by his country and most Premier League football fans wouldn’t notice if they came across him. on the street. But he plays for a football club with a clear identity which thrives as a unit which in turn makes players wearing Brighton colors thrive.
“This brilliant Brighton side are everything this United side aren’t. Well trained, well coached, full of desire, full of skill and full of confidence in their approach. When their manager talks they probably listen. When Ralf Rangnick tells his Manchester United players what to do, they have a strange habit of staring into space.
“And here Gross was at the Amex playing Manchester United with his side remarkably 4-0 down in a Premier League game. He had already dispatched Raphael Varane – a World Cup and Champions League winner without any doubt – for a hot dog with Pretty Mannequin before finishing past David de Gea to make it 3-0. But then he engaged the ultimate mode of humiliation for the visitors, reveling in the “Ole’s” of the local audience to produce two Cruyffs in front of Brazilian international Fred on the touchline, before stalking a pass in the legs of Diogo Dalot to the delight of a delirious householder.
“Moments later, De Gea decided to take 30 seconds longer than usual on a goal kick. Lost time at 4-0. Damage limitation at 4-0. New low? You bet so.”
Brighton travel to Leeds for their penultimate Premier League game of the season on May 15 (kick-off 2pm). They then end the campaign at home to West Ham seven days later (kick-off 4pm).
Manchester United have one game remaining from the Ralf Rangnick era. They will travel to Crystal Palace on May 22 (kick-off 4pm).
Brighton’s remaining fixtures
May 15 – Leeds
May 22 – West Ham (h)
Man Utd’s remaining fixtures
May 22 – Crystal Palace (a)