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The details of Ralf Rangnick's advisory role at Man Utd are still to be confirmed, but his beliefs on where the club should strengthen this summer could not be clearer. Speaking to Sky Sports at United's Carrington base straight after a press conference where the thorny topics of Louis van Gaal's apparent vendetta against United and Nemanja Matic's comments about camp morale were on the agenda, the 63-year-old seems far more at ease discussing how best to elevate his adopted club back into contention for silverware.
Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick admits he understands fans frustrations but feels booing individual players is counterproductive.
United beat Norwich City 3-2 at Old Trafford on Saturday. Cristiano Ronaldo netted the 50th club hat-tick of his career. But his heroicsby the Red Devils.
The three points keeps them in the hunt for a top-four berth. However, Tottenham occupy the final Champions League spot while Arsenal are also in the frame.
It has been a tough season for United, with a number of lame performances. The side’s lack of direction and cohesion has been criticised.
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Fans are clearly unhappy and it all came to a head on Saturday afternoon. Thousands of supporters marched to protest against the club’s owners.
But, while the Glazers were targeted outside the ground, it was the players who received the fans’ ire inside the Theatre of Dreams.
Chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” could be heard from the stands when Teemu Pukki equalised for the Canaries. And boos rang put as Paul Pogba was substituted.
Rangnick was oblivious to the crowd reaction during the game. And he took issue with those who targeted the France international.
“I didn’t hear it myself to be honest, but I was talking about it with my staff afterwards,” he told BBC Sport. “I think the fans here are amazing, I really do. The support in the stadium today was great, it could not have been any better.
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“I can understand if the fans are frustrated and disappointed but I don’t think it makes sense to take on and to target any individual player. It is a collective responsibility.
“Even if you look into the past it does not make sense. This is why I will always defend and protect my players.”
Rangnick seeks United lift
Despite being within touching distance of the top four,are outsiders to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition. They have a tough run of games coming up, with trips to both Liverpool and Arsenal.
The north-west giants must also welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford before the dust settles on 2021-2022. And the German tactician knows that his charges will need to up their game to take anything from their next two outings.
“If we want to get points out of those games we have to raise our level and play our best,” he added.
Rangnick has ‘no regrets’ despite ‘not easy squad’ at Man Utd .
Rangnick also backed the United fans' right to protest but refused to comment on the Glazers.Solskjaer was sacked in November with United seventh in the table, the same position they find themselves in ahead of the weekend fixtures, but Rangnick insisted he had seen signs of improvement and had no regrets on taking on a job more difficult than might have been anticipated.