MANCHESTER: Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick says he has done his job after the Red Devils squandered a string of chances in the 0-0 draw against Watford at Old Trafford.
The concentration of Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Elanga sees United now just two points ahead of Arsenal who have played less than three games in the hunt for fourth place in the Premier League.
“Our job as coaches is to help the team create enough chances. The number of chances to score today is enough to win a match like this.
“There were times when we were unlucky, when Cristiano’s try hit the post, but we also had a one -on -one chance with the goalkeeper. It wasn’t luck but a matter of sharpness and efficiency,” Rangnick said.
Before the kick-off, both teams delivered a message of peace aimed at the Russian attack on Ukraine.
Rangnick also wore a “no war” badge, while the Ukrainian flag was waved by supporters at Old Trafford.
The 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road when the two teams met last November was decisive to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future as United manager.
The riddle of captain Harry Maguire’s status was answered when Rangnick handed the captain’s armband to Fernandes while the England center-back started on the bench.
It turned out to spark enthusiasm for Fernandes who had a chance to score a hat-trick in the first half but all three of his attempts failed to find the target.
Ronaldo, who has only scored once in 10 games, was unlucky when his attempt hit the post and his goal was disallowed for offside.
The Eagles, who saved United in a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, started the game but failed to score after his effort went wide.