Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has labeled the referee that officiated their game against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night as a joke.

United was eliminated from the Champions League on the night after going 0-1 down at Old Trafford and 1-2 on aggregate but according to the German, the officials failed to call for a foul prior to their opponent’s goal.

“I think we played a very good first half – exactly the way we wanted to play with a high energy level but we couldn’t convert that into one or two goals.

“We had a few good moments where we should have scored but we didn’t. Conceding that counter-attacking goal just before half-time didn’t make life any easier.

“It was hard in the second half and always interrupted. There was always somebody lying on the floor. I would also say some curious refereeing decisions. I wouldn’t say they were decisive but at least he fell too often for those time-wasting antics and four minutes in the end added on was a joke for me,

“That was a foul for sure on Anthony Elanga but the referee and the linesman didn’t see it that way. For me, that was the only real moment, and the offside goal, that they scored with,” the German told BT sports.

Attention for United now shifts to the Premier League where they are to meet Leicester City in their next game.

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