Ralf Rangnick has admitted his Manchester United side aren’t good enough after they slipped out of the Premier League top four with a 1-1 draw against relegation-fighting Burnley.
United dominated the first half at Turf Moor but, after two strikes were ruled out, there was only Paul Pogba’s first league goal in over a year to show.
And it proved costly when Burnley came out of the tunnel in a different team after the break, quickly leveling Jay Rodriguez’s 100th league goal – and the first in 50 league appearances – before threatening a winner through the snitch Wout Weghorst.
Coming after Friday’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Middlesbrough, it was another frustrating night for United, whose problems remain evident at both ends of the pitch 12 games into Rangnick’s interim reign.
The German slammed the officials for first disallowing a header from Raphael Varane because Harry Maguire was offside and then an own goal from Josh Brownhill because Pogba fouled Erik Pieters in the build-up, but admitted his team had not done enough.
“We scored three goals. It was different from last Friday when we only scored one goal in the first half. Tonight we scored three goals,” he said on BT Sports.
“At the end it was a frustrating night for us because we should have won this game easily after the first half and even the last 25 minutes we had full control and dominated the game but weren’t quite decisive as we were in the first half.
“I couldn’t blame the team for not having the killer instinct in the first half, but in the last 25 minutes we had a lot of set pieces.
“In the end it was a bit of a case of luck with Raphael Varane, Cristiano’s header, Harry Maguire, but in the end one point for a performance like this is just not enough.”
Rangnick was particularly unhappy to see Brownhill’s own goal ruled out, adding: “In particular, the second one which was disallowed, I watched at the moment in the dressing room. The linesman signaled a foul but he reported 10 seconds after this incident. It was a very sweet decision I must say.
“But again we played a great first half I think. We totally dominated the game, scored three goals but two disallowed.
“Then in the second half, for the first 10-15 minutes, we just weren’t aggressive enough. It was clear that they would come out after the break in a more aggressive way to play, but we weren’t aggressive during those 15 minutes. Gave us the goal.
“We had a very good counter-attack situation 30 seconds before conceding the goal and the way we allowed them to score, we didn’t defend the whole situation well.”
Maguire: two points lost
West Ham’s 1-0 victory over Watford saw David Moyes’ side move up past Manchester United into fourth, while Arsenal could overtake them on goal difference if they win against Wolves on Thursday.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was also frustrated with the result, saying his side lost two points at Turf Moor in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
“I think you saw the first half, we were in control,” he said. BT Sports. “We have to win the game with the number of chances we have created. We had to score that second goal. Two points lost.
“We wanted to dominate the game but for sure when you come to Burnley you’re not going to dominate for 90 minutes. We had to see it better. We conceded like against Middlesbrough when they had that period of pressure. We let’s be a little more clinical.
“It was a disappointing goal for us to concede. We came off a bit sloppy in the second half. We had enough time in the game to come back from that and try to find the winner.
“We demand ourselves to win the football match, so it’s disappointing.”
Merson: A bad result for Man Utd
Sky Sports’ Paul Merson on the football special:
“Man United did very well in the first half but they came out in the second half and thought it would be a walk in the park.
“It was a bad result for Manchester United.
“They just didn’t start in the second half and Burnley fully deserved a point.”
Dyche: That was a good reaction
The point was more useful at Burnley, although Sean Dyche knows his side need to add to their solitary win this season if they are to leave the table foot.
Although the final whistle was greeted with a huge cheer, Burnley’s gap to safety increased to four points on the night as Newcastle beat Everton.
“It’s not an easy situation, we’re actually bottom of the league,” Dyche said. “I don’t think we should be, but we are there. We have to fix it and it’s difficult to play against Manchester United.
“There may be some noise about them at the moment, but you look at this team sheet and they have the best, the best players.
“We didn’t overpower the performance but we stayed intact and at half-time I asked a few individuals a bit more, I thought we had a few. But it was a very good reaction after .”