‘We had no strikers’ – Rangnick explains why his tactics failed against Guardiola

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Manchester United were lacking strikers for the Premier League game against Manchester City, and Ralf Rangnick had to deploy Bruno Fernandes as a false nine.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani were out injured, while Mason Greenwood remains suspended.

Marcus Rashford was the only available striker to play Manchester City, but the 24-year-old has been in poor form.

Explaining his tactics for this game, Rangnick explained that his lack of strikers played a role in his tactics that failed against City.

He said: “We had not that may strikers available today, the only one that we had on the bench was Marcus, who we brought on after 60 mins, so for us it was clear we have to have as many players on the pitch who get behind the ball and we make sure that we are as compact as we can possibly be.”

He also said: “So at half-time, it was clear for us that we needed to try to score at least one if not two more goals, and once they scored the third one, which was a brilliant corner kick, we just have to admit that, it was difficult to defend it, then it was almost over.

“This goal killed us off because then against a team like Manchester City, the best team in the world in possession of the world, if you then still try to chase the ball high up, then you take the risk to concede another two or three more goals.”