Rangnick apologises for Man Utd’s "terrible performance" in "humiliating" loss

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has apologised for his side’s “terrible performance” after suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The German endured a horrid afternoon at the Amex Stadium in a game which he admitted was dominated by the ninth-placed side. United were behind after just 15 minutes courtesy of a Moises Caicedo long-range strike.

But the Red Devils went into full meltdown in the second-half, conceding three goals in the space of 11 minutes, with Marc Cucurella, Pascal Gross and Leandro Trossard all getting on the scoresheet. And Rangnick did not beat around the bush in his post-match interview, calling the defeat a “humiliation”.

Rangnick said: "It was a terrible performance. From the first until the last minute it was not enough; we can only apologise for this performance and a humiliating defeat.

"I don't think they ignored the game-plan but we weren't able to stop them. We gave them too much space and if you do that against a technically good team like Brighton, you will get punished."

The interim Old Trafford boss was brutally honest in his assessment of where it all went wrong. Rangnick slammed his side’s defending by calling it “not good enough” as they suffered their 11th defeat of the season.

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He told BBC Match of the Day: "We can only apologise to the supporters who came all the way to Brighton, we just weren't good enough. The only time we were a little stable at the back was when we played with a back three in the last 15, 20 minutes but it was not good enough in all aspects of the game.

“We had problems earlier in the season; I saw we lost 4-1 to Watford, who are now relegated. The problem this team has is how to defend as a team; we are not good enough.”

He added: “We need to show a different face in the final game because we will need one or three points to make sure we qualify for the Europa League. At times today it looked like we were on the summer break and that is what we need to make up for against Crystal Palace."

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