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Rangnick criticiezd Man Utd players for playing 'tiki-taka'

Wed 09 February 2022 | 9:49

The German believes Man Utd players lacking urgency at crucial times.

Manchester United

manager Ralf Rangnick has criticized his players for playing tiki-taka, claiming they do not have an urgency when needed.

Last night, United faced

Burnley

at Turf Moor and were held to a 1-1 draw to replace

West Ham

in fourth place in the league. Burnley are at the bottom of the table and last night, Manchester United's two goals were disallowed in the first half and they were ahead with a single goal by Paul Pogba, but at the beginning of the second half, Burnley had a good performance and Jay Rodriguez was able to score in the first two minutes. After the game, the German coach criticized the performance of his players, claiming that they did not play as they should when necessary.

"We knew they would come out of the locker room in a more aggressive way. This is the only thing I can blame the team for; in the first 20 minutes of the second half we were not as aggressive as in the first half.

"The way that we conceded the goal was completely unnecessary. We had our own counter-attack 30 seconds before and in that moment we were two or three players more in our own half, took wrong decisions in the defensive behaviour and in a way gave the goal away to them.

"If you look into the whole game we dominated most of the game, 70 minutes, and winning only one point is just not enough: a very frustrating night again,"

The German added.

"In the first two minutes [of the second half] we won the ball three times and gave it away too easily because we were playing tiki-taka football in our own half, and we were not direct enough and stringent enough in the way we try to play forward.

"Then we had the counter-attack with Jadon [Sancho] and with Marcus [Rashford] and again gave the ball away too easily in their box. The first 20 minutes of the second half we were not as aggressive and not as controlled as we were in the first half, and that's why we gave them the chance to score."

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