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Rangnick names point he knew Man Utd were done for the season; reveals exciting Ten Hag chat

Man Utd manager Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick has said that the Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid proved the turning point in his Manchester United tenure.

United have endured a sub-par season overall with the change in manager a signal of what went wrong. However, heavy defeats to Liverpool and Watford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were not the only ones this term for the Red Devils.

Indeed, interim boss Rangnick has also seen his team lose badly to Liverpool. Brighton also beat United 4-0 recently.

The overall end result is that Man Utd are fighting for a place in the Europa League. They could yet make the Europa Conference League next season depending on Sunday’s final Premier League matchday.

In any case, hopes of playing in the Champions League next season are over. And Rangnick has blamed the last 16 defeat to Atletico as the point from which United have failed to recover.

“We spoke about that quite at length in last press conferences,” the manager told his latest pre-match briefing.

“I think that until we dropped out at Atletico, we have lost confidence, energy in the team. Until then we had stabilised the team.

“Until then were were much more stable defensively. Since Atletico we just didn’t find our shape, form again.

“It has got to do with confidence, team spirit and togetherness. This is my biggest disappointment that we didn’t establish that team spirit.”

United face Crystal Palace away in their final game of the season. They could yet drop to seventh if they fail to win and West Ham – currently two points behind with a better goal difference – beat Brighton.

Either way, the Europa League and Europa Conference League is not where Man Utd want to be.

That is why much of the focus is on what new manager Erik ten Hag can do next season and beyond. Former RB Leipzig sporting director Rangnick, who is staying at Old Trafford in a consultancy role, has spoken to the Dutchman.

Rangnick reveals Ten Hag, Man Utd chat

Man Utd interim manager Ralf Rangnick

“We’ve been in contact via WhatsApp and hopefully we will have the opportunity to meet and speak in person, either at the weekend or Monday morning at the latest,” Rangnick said.

“I’m looking forward to speaking to him in person and getting to know him in person.

“We spoke about that in detail, about all the different areas where I could maybe be of help. It’s not that easy or not that difficult to know in which areas this could be.”

He added that while United are not a “selling club” like Leipzig and RB Salzburg, it is about finding the right players to develop the club and take the club “back to the top”.

United beat Palace 1-0 at Old Trafford in December in Rangnick’s first game in charge.