Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick has defended the center-back pairing of Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire. He believes the focus should be on improving as a team and not individuals. Varane returned to the starting lineup after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury. His error allowed Allan Saint-Maximin to capitalize and score for Newcastle while his partner Maguire looked shaky throughout the game.
“I mean, I don’t think I mean, Raphael hasn’t played for the last five or six weeks, and even before the Tottenham game, he was injured.” Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick said. “So in total in the last three months, he hasn’t played that many games. Yes, he made a mistake before the first goal that we conceded. But apart from that, I think he was OK. I wouldn’t say that he was outstanding, and the same with Harry, but they did OK.”
“Our problem was, again, that we allowed too many transitional moments, and this is not only a problem of the center of the center-backs, but it’s also a problem of the whole team that it starts up front. And you can speak also about the role of the No 10 in that kind of formation,” he added. “So I don’t think it makes sense to speak about the individual performance of players. We need to get better as a team. So in the last three days, we were almost back to full strength with regard to the size of the squad, but we couldn’t do that much in training.”