Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick admitted Manchester United are way too far behind Liverpool following their 4-0 thrashing at Anfield on Tuesday night. 

Liverpool dominated United on Tuesday as they secured a comfortable 4-0 victory to complete a double over the Red Devils. Rangnick admitted his side showed it was ‘six years’ behind bitter rivals Liverpool following their performance.

“I don’t think a different formation at the start would have changed anything. The first goal we conceded, was not part of the game plan to be that high up and concede a counter-attack after five minutes. That changed the game,” he said after the game.

“The first half, we were just not good enough. We did not win any first ball or second balls. We were the second-best in all relevant areas. Second half we changed a centre-back with Jadon Sancho. For the first 25 minutes, we were better and had pressure on the ball at times. Had two or three moments, but the third goal killed the game off.

“For the third goal, it came from a ball we should not play. A pressing invitation – 12 yards into Anthony Elanga, who is a player for behind their backline. It is inviting them for those moments and six seconds later the ball was in our net.

“It is embarrassing, it is disappointing, maybe even humiliating. We have to accept they are six years ahead of us now. When Jurgen Klopp came they changed the club and lifted not just the team but the club and city to a new level. That is what needs to happen with us in the next transfer windows.”

United return to action over the weekend against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

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