Caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick disagrees with Declan Rice’s suggestion that a draw should have been a fair result of Manchester United’s clash with West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
United, just as time ran out, earned a final goal thanks to the predatory instincts of substitute Marcus Rashford in the final minute of stoppage time, sealing a huge 1-0 victory in the race for a top four finish.
The England international, who had come off the bench to replace Anthony Elanga just after the hour mark, turned the ball over from close range, tapping Edinson Cavani’s low pass into the face of goal.
It sparked wild and jubilant scenes at Old Trafford, both on the pitch and in the stands, as victory moved United above West Ham and into the top four for the first time since October.
Although the clear chances for both teams are few and far between, Rangnick, who has now overseen six wins in his first ten games in charge in all competitions, believes his side deserved to get all three points.
“If you score in the last second of the game, that’s the best kind of win, a clean sheet,” Rangnick said. sky sports. “I think in the end we deserved to win. You need patience to play at West Ham.
“Moments to the end, I wish we would have passed the ball instead of shooting from anywhere.
“Bearing in mind that we played a few days ago against Brentford, the team looked good physically.
“We knew it would take patience, the way we played defensively, got balls back, I was really happy about that.
“I’m very happy that the three substitutes set up the goal and scored the goal. All were involved. That makes it even more important.”
Hammers midfielder Rice, who won plaudits from United supporters during the contest amid Reds interest in signing him, disagreed with Rangnick’s assessment , insisting that each team gaining a point would have been a fairer result.
He said BBC Sports“I think a draw was a fair result. There weren’t many clear chances in the game.
“But to be naive like that and give away a goal in the last 20 seconds is devastating.
“When they were pushing the players forward, we were such a counter-attacking team that we still had the energy to go forward. It was a real kick in the teeth to concede this late. “
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