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‘Being brutally honest’ – Rio Ferdinand blasts Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick


Six-time Premier League winner and Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes his former side have gotten worse since Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

Rangnick took over as interim Red Devils boss in December last year with a contract running until the end of the season. However, after a brilliant start, the German tactician struggled to bring out any good performances from his side.

The latest blot on his already blemished United record came on Saturday April 23 as his side lost 3-1 to Arsenal in the Premier League. Defeat at the Emirates leaves the Red Devils in grave danger of failing to secure UEFA Champions League football for next season.

Speaking after his former side lost to the Gunners, Ferdinand told BT Sport (as quoted by Manchester Evening News):

“Manchester United, they had the opportunity to come back in this game, they had chances, obviously the penalty. They were there for the capture of Arsenal, but Manchester United did not smell of blood and great moments like those that they have to learn to cash in. To be brutally honest, (Ralf) Rangnick came along and things got worse.

The former England centre-back also believes United have no chance in the top four race, saying:

“Yeah, that’s it for the top four. Manchester United have absolutely no chance, it’s done.”

The Red Devils conceded after just three minutes in the game against Arsenal, with Nuno Tavares hitting the far post. Bukayo Saka doubled the Gunners’ lead in the 32nd minute but United rallied two minutes later through Cristiano Ronaldo.

Rangnick’s side pushed to equalize with an improved second-half display but failed to seize their chance, Bruno Fernandes even missing a penalty. Granit Xhaka finally settled the game with a long-range piledriver in the 70th minute.

Ralf Rangnick’s record at Manchester United takes another beating after Arsenal defeat

There was a lot of optimism among the Manchester United faithful when Rangnick’s arrival on an interim basis was announced by the club. However, the German hasn’t heard from his players for the last five and a half months.

In 25 games in all competitions under Rangnick, the Red Devils have won just 10 games and lost seven times. During this period, they exited the FA Cup in the fourth round on penalties against Middlesbrough and the Champions League in the round of 16 against Atletico Madrid.

The club also suffered massive defeats against Manchester City (4-1), Liverpool (4-0) and now Arsenal in the Premier League.

Manchester United are now sixth in the Championship and six points behind the Gunners in fourth, having played one game more than Mikel Arteta’s side.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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