Ralf Rangnick reveals who to blame for Watford stalemate 

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Ralf Rangnick was very unhappy with his forwards, following Manchester United’s goalless draw against Watford on Saturday afternoon. 

United had more of the ball, and a total of 22 attempts at goal, with only three of them on target.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit the woodwork in the first half when he could have scored, and had a goal ruled out for offside moments later, while Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga were equally wasteful when they were presented with an opportunity to give us all three points. 

After the game, the team was booed off by the home fans, and Rangnick couldn’t hide his disappointment. 

He told BBC Match of The Day, “We did everything apart from score. It’s hard to take that result. In the end, if you miss that many chances it is difficult to win the game.

“We were in full control for almost the whole game, we didn’t allow them hardly any counter attacks.

“We need to be sharper in front of goal, you can hardly create more chances than we did today. In the end it is a very frustrating afternoon.

Had anyone told me that we would create that many clear chances I would have said ‘yes, that is enough for us to score one or two goals at least’. But we didn’t.”

Asked about the Ronaldo effort that hit the woodwork, Rangnick added, “That was not the only one [chance].

“In the first half we had five massive chances then in the second half we had another three or four. Today we had enough chances to win that game.

“Sometimes we are unlucky, when we hit the post, but we also had a few opportunities one-on-one with the goalkeeper. This is not luck, it is a question of sharpness and efficiency in-front of goal.”