It's massive, says Man Utd boss

  • by Staff Writer
  • Saturday, 22nd January 2022

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick hailed their narrow win against West Ham United as "massive" in their fight for a Champions League spot.

The Hammers were beaten by a controversial last-minute goal by substitute Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford - a reversal that left the home side's manager beaming.

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"Quite rightly the boys were celebrating - they know what a massive win this was," he said during his post-match presser.

"Stoppage-time is also part of the time you're playing but to say I was convinced we would score that goal in the last second of the game would be unrealistic. We pushed hard, we did everything, we took all the risk in the world to win that game.

"If I look at the shots on goal and the chances during the game, I think we deserved a 1-0 win.

"We would also like to have more games like Brentford when we were 3-0 up at the end. But if you score in the last seconds of the game the big advantage is there is no time for the team to reply, which was the good thing about the goal."

Meanwhile Rangnick claimed that he knew patience would be key in order to come out on top against a well-drilled West Ham defence.

"It was clear from the very beginning it would take some patience against a well-organised team like West Ham," he added. "It was not always easy for us to find the best possible solutions in the final third.

"It was probably the best performance in the last eight weeks, the way we were always trying to win balls back. The physicality of the game was really outstanding but we know we still have to improve with possession of the ball."

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