Ralf Rangnick says he has “no regrets” taking over as Manchester United manager. The German heads into Saturday’s Premier League clash with Norwich at Old Trafford having won just three of his last 12 games in charge.
It left United facing the prospect of missing out on a Champions League spot next season, but Rangnick insists he thinks taking the job was a mistake.
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“No, no regrets,” he told a news conference on Friday.
“I would do it again and again. I don’t regret it at all as a manager. You always have to question yourself and ask yourself what could have been done better, if I had been able to play with a formation different in some matches, if a substitution could have been made earlier.
“That’s what always happens, you always wonder what we could have done better.
“I think we’re all aware that it’s not an easy team, the whole situation wasn’t easy or I wouldn’t be sitting here and Ole would probably still be here. Again, I think we showed over the last couple of months we were able to raise the bar, but not in the same sustainable way that I would have liked. That’s why I’m not at all happy with what we’ve done and achieved so far.
Rangnick is expected to be replaced by Erik ten Hag at the end of the season.
He has already conveyed his opinion of the squad to the board ahead of the next permanent boss and suggested one or two of his players have struggled with the level of expectation at Old Trafford.
“It could be with one or two or three of our players,” Rangnick said.
“It seems to be like that, that the level of expectation is high and some players seem to struggle with their own performance with that.
“But, again, there are no alibis or excuses, we have to be ready to face it and deal with it.”
United supporters are expected to demonstrate ahead of the game against Norwich on Saturday as they try to step up the pressure on the owners, the Glazer family.
Part of the plan is to stay out of the stadium for the first 17 minutes of the game – one minute for each year Glazer is owned – but Rangnick hopes fans will still support the team once they’re at their square.
“The fan support has been overwhelming, both at home and away,” he said.
“So far we haven’t had this situation where they turned their emotions against the team. I can understand that, it’s a game of passion and emotion.
“I don’t know what they have in mind, but I heard that they wanted to arrive 17 minutes late for 17 years. Even if they do, after those 17 minutes, I hope that they will always support the team and support us. .
“But how much they do depends on what we show on the pitch, so it’s a give-and-take game. We can’t expect them to support us no matter what happens on the pitch. “