Rangnick grateful to Brighton for securing Man Utd Europa League qualification

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Ralf Rangnick lamented another abject performance away from Manchester United at Crystal Palace, while thanking Brighton and Hove Albion for helping the Red Devils qualify for the Europa League.

United have lost six consecutive away league games for the first time since March 1981 after Wilfried Zaha’s strike proved decisive in Sunday’s 1-0 win at Crystal Palace.

Erik ten Hag was in attendance at Selhurst Park and has plenty to ponder after United ended the Premier League season with a record 58 points total.

It was also the first time United did not end a league campaign with a positive goal difference (zero in 2021-22) for the first time since the 1989-90 season (minus one).

However, Brighton came from behind to defeat West Ham’s top six prospects, meaning United will play Europa League football next season under Ten Hag after finishing sixth in the league.

Rangnick, who will take up a consultancy role alongside his managerial post in Austria, expressed his gratitude to Graham Potter’s side for overcoming David Moyes’ West Ham.

“Yeah, I think Brighton did us the favor of turning things around because they were losing at half-time,” he told reporters.

“They scored three times in the second half and that was the good thing of the weekend and of this game.

“We would have liked to take care of ourselves, but in a way the game was indicative of the last two weeks, especially when we were playing away.

“It was a new experience for me, not necessarily in the middle of the season, but knowing that it would be an interim role. Unfortunately we didn’t have a pre-season and unfortunately we couldn’t reinforce the workforce. .

“These things happen and looking back it was a bit bittersweet or rather bittersweet because in the first weeks and months we did well.

“We collected enough points with an average of 2.1 until the game against Atletico [Madrid] but I think that Champions League loss was kind of like somebody popped the ball.”

Rangnick also lamented United’s away performance as they failed to capitalize on the chances and allowed Palace to come out on top in the competition.

“I think we had three good chances to score in the first half but we didn’t and especially in the first half we had too many unforced errors and bad gifts, that’s as well as we conceded the goal”, he continued. .

“Actually it was our assist, the scorer, in the end it was Zaha but the ones who gave the assist was ourselves.

“There was a throw-in – just keep the ball in our own half – and the way we defended that shot was also not the way you have to defend in this league and that’s why we were trailing 1-0 again.

“At half-time we were trying to bring in all the young forwards we had on the bench. We had a few chances in the second half but it wasn’t clinical enough and that’s why we lost again at the second half. ‘outside.”

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