The German defended his players despite their abject second-half performance at the Etihad Stadium
Ralf Rangnick has rejected the accusation that Manchester United “gave up” during their 4-1 loss to Manchester City.
City came out on top in the Manchester derby on Sunday as they romped to a comfortable victory at the Etihad Stadium courtesy of two goals each for Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez.
Jadon Sancho struck for United as they briefly looked like competing for the three points in the first half, but Rangnicks side appeared to run out of steam in the second half, inviting harsh criticism from club legend Roy Keane.
The former Red Devils captain told Sky Sports after the game: “The worst thing that you could say about United is that they gave up.
“In any game, if you give up, its unforgivable really. They threw the towel in which is shameful.”
Rangnick didnt think Uniteds latest defeat was down to a lack of effort, though, as he identified Mahrezs 68th-minute strike as the decisive moment of the contest.
“To be honest, I didn’t have the impression that they didn’t try. But it’s difficult against a team like Man City once you are 3-1 down (against) the best team in possession of the ball on the planet it’s difficult,” the interim manager said when asked about the teams levels of application.
“I cannot blame anyone for not having tried and put effort into that game, but it was difficult after the third goal.”
It has been suggested that United will invest heavily in the squad in the summer, with a new permanent manager set to replace Rangnick in the dugout as he moves into an advisor role.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani were both absent against City due to injury and the German is aware they are short in attacking positions, but he is not planning any changes just yet.
“Look, I am still the manager for another 10 games in the Premier League and for hopefully a few more games in the Champions League and it doesn’t make sense now to start some speculations about how many players would we need, on which positions would we need them,” said Rangnick.
“This is not my issue. Right now it’s about preparing the team for the Tottenham game and after that for a very important game against Atletico [Madrid] in the Champions League. Right now, we have to be – and I am – happy with the players that we have. This is clear.
“We lost two, if not three strikers since Christmas, everybody knows (that). Again, this is a fact and we have to deal with it. I am not complaining about that so for us it’s important to look ahead and make sure we develop the team, we have in the last couple of weeks and months.”