Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick said he couldn’t fault his team’s effort in their 1-1 draw with Leicester but did criticise their decision making, notably that of Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga.
The Red Devils rescued a point from what was really a must-win match in their pursuit of a top-four finish. Kelechi Iheanacho gave the Foxes a second-half lead which was quickly cancelled out by a strike from Fred, while VAR stepped in to deny James Maddison a winner.
Cristiano Ronaldo missed the match due to illness and United sorely missed his presence up top, with Bruno Fernandes starting as the striker before Marcus Rashford was introduced after 55 minutes.
Speaking post-game, Rangnick admitted the game was not particularly easy on the eye, but revealed there were two key moments towards the end of the 90 minutes which Sancho and Elanga were unable to capitalise on.
“I think we had a difficult, bumpy start into the game,” Rangnick said. “The first half was difficult to find the rhythm, a lot of unforced errors, passes played in a sloppy way, the speed of our build-up was not high enough and that’s why we had problems in the first half to find our rhythm.
“Overall, the second half was better, but the goal we conceded in a moment where we had the chance to be on the counter-attack ourselves, being tackled away twice, losing the ball within six seconds when all the defensive players had closed up. Brilliant cross but we could have defended the cross on the wing and inside better, that goal didn’t make life easy for us.
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“The reaction to the goal was good, we came back from a goal from Fred and in the last 15 minutes we tried everything, not always taking the right decisions but we had two or three good opportunities.
“Jadon should have taken two touches on the far post when Fofana slipped and had Anthony Elanga stayed away from that ball when Marcus Rashford would have been completely free and either probably scored or it would have been a penalty.
“We tried, so I cannot fault the team for not trying and the effort in the last 20 minutes, but obviously, it was not a result we were trying to get.”
Man Utd remain in sixth place in the Premier League table, three points behind Arsenal in fourth but having played two games more.