Man United are unbeaten in five games for the first time this season but were their own worst enemy in the 1-1 draw with Young Boys.
Ralf Rangnick was ‘annoyed’ with Manchester United’s regression that contributed to Young Boys’ equaliser in their Champions League draw.
Donny van de Beek played a careless pass to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Fabian Rieder intercepted to hit an unsaveable shot past Dean Henderson in the 42nd minute.
Rangnick was frustrated that United dropped back when he has placed an emphasis on playing on the front foot and he saw similarities with the performances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the final 10 minutes of the first-half.
“I was fully aware it would be a little risk, not regarding the result at the end, but if we were able to compete for 90 minutes with this team,” Rangnick said. “I thought the first half-hour was good, we had a few unforced errors in those first 30 minutes but at least we were able to keep them away from the goal, but we also had control of the game.
“We scored a beautiful goal, set up by Luke Shaw, perfect left-footed shot by Mason. After that, we had two great opportunities to score the second and third one, with Amad and Juan Mata. It should’ve been at least 2-0 up and that would have changed the level of confidence.
What annoyed me most was the way we played to the pressing first line. So we sent quite a few pressing invitations to them, including the goal we conceded. We had the chance to not only clear the ball but play the ball forward twice but we didn’t. They had the opportunity to score the equaliser.
“I told them that before the game but still they played in that situation a five-metre pass and they were just waiting for the ball. It was more or less a pressing imitation.
“In the second-half it was different in regards to energy level. Quite a few of the experienced players hadn’t had that much game-time in the past and, for the young players, it was the first time at Old Trafford at Champions League level and this was obvious.
Ralf Rangnick says Mason Greenwood needs to develop his physique to become a regular again for Manchester United.
Greenwood scored a stunning scissor kick in his first start in four games in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys, having come on to tee up Fred for the winner against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.
The 20-year-old created a glaring chance for Juan Mata with United 1-0 up against the Swiss side and Greenwood was the only starter who has a genuine chance of making Rangnick’s team at Norwich on Saturday.
Rangnick watched Erling Haaland flourish for Red Bull Salzburg during his stint as the Red Bull group’s sporting director and the German downplayed comparisons between Haaland, a one-time United target, and Greenwood.
“I think today he also showed, not only because of that beautiful goal but the way he set up the opp for Juan Mata was brilliant,” Rangnick said. “He’s a massive talent. Left foot, right foot, good on the ball, also the way that he set up the goal for Fred on Sunday.