Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick aims subtle dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Burnley win

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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has aimed a subtle dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following his side’s comfortable win over Burnley on Thursday night. Scott McTominay, Ben Mee’s own goal and Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike made it a comfortable afternoon for the Red Devils. And it’s given them renewed hope when it comes to qualifying for next season’s Champions League.

Manchester United were too strong for Burnley on Thursday, producing a better performance than the one they managed against Newcastle earlier in the week.

McTominay put the Red Devils ahead early on, with the Scotland international expertly finishing following some good work from Ronaldo in the build-up.

Mee’s own goal then came after Jadon Sancho had caused Burnley problems at the back.

And Ronaldo scored United’s third just before the interval after McTominay’s powerful strike rebounded invitingly into his path.

As the game went on, however, Eric Bailly limped out injured.

That meant Raphael Varane was then introduced as the France international continues to work on regaining full fitness.

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And when discussing why Varane didn’t start the match, Rangnick aimed a dig at Solskjaer by referring to what happened ‘last time’.

“I was thinking of playing him [Varane] but the last time that happened after this muscle injury, he was then out for another couple of weeks,” he said.

“So we didn’t want to make the same mistake again. So that is why he was on the bench.”

United decided to play Varane in October when he’d only just recovered from a muscle injury.

He starred in matches against Tottenham and Atalanta yet was then ruled out for six weeks, meaning he’s been unable to get a run of games under his belt.

Bailly had a mixed evening, impressing at times but making the mistake that allowed Aaron Lennon to score for Burnley.

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And Rangnick said of the Ivorian: “Eric had already left four days ago [before the Burnley match] for the Africa Cup of Nations but he was still in Spain and we asked him to come back.

“He did well apart from the mistake for the goal we conceded, it was a very good performance from Eric.

“He was focused.”

United were without Victor Lindelof, who recently tested positive for coronavirus mere weeks after suffering from breathing problems against Norwich.

Rangnick is hopeful the Sweden international will be back soon, potentially for Monday’s match with Wolves.

“I hope that Victor could be back by then,” said the German.

“Under normal circumstances, if the next test is negative, the PCR test is negative, he should be able to come back for this game.

“He has no symptoms so he should have no physical problems for that game.”

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, meanwhile, was pleased with the performance his team produced despite their failure to get a result.

“We took the game on, I was pleased with the mentality, especially early on in the game,” he said.

“The only qualm I have is the goals, two of them,because we should have got out and blocked, didn’t make a challenge on one and didn’t get out to the other.

“But a lot of our game was right. we took the game on, created chances, looked a threat, kept the ball at times and played well.

“To go in 3-1 down at half-time was bizarre really, after at least a decent performance. it’s a strange one for us.”

He added: “There were some good performances and collectively we’re not far off.

“Wayne (Hennessey) did well and Dale (Stephens) came on and tried to affect it. a lot of the performance was good.

“To take the game on as we did was pleasing, but we have to get on the right side of the details as that has hurt us all season.

“The mentality was excellent and we created chances right down the length of the game.

“We had some big moments, but, unfortunately the story of the season has not been taking the big moments.”

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