Man Utd interim boss Ralf Rangnick has praised four players following the 3-1 home victory over Burnley.
The Red Devils ran out comfortable winners at Old Trafford thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo and an own goal from Burnley’s Ben Mee. Aaron Lennon got one back for Sean Dyche’s men but they couldn’t mount a comeback against a superior Man Utd side.
Rangnick told Amazon Prime (via BBC Sport) after the match: “As expected it was a very tough physical game against a team who play very physical. We also showed the qualities we have in our team. It was important today to raise the energy level.
“The whole team performance was a lot better, I was pleased with the performances of our wingers. Jadon [Sancho] did well and Mason [Greenwood]. Eddie [Cavani] and Cristiano, the work effort was amazing.
“I wouldn’t say fourth is the minimum. It is about taking next development steps. Now eight games in a row without a defeat. It is about taking next steps.
“My focus is on the current players and we have enough players in the squad. Transfers in the winter only make sense if they increase the quality. So far we haven’t spoken about that.”
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During a post-match interview with Amazon Prime, goalscorer McTominay was asked if it was their best display under Rangnick. He replied: “Probably, first half as a team. We were a bit flat second half for whatever reason. We need to get that for a full 90 minutes which we haven’t really had this year. But we are learning and adapting.
“The game against Newcastle was difficult and we have to bounce back from that. The manager said we set the record for the most amount of turnovers in the league. We had to keep the ball better.
“Goals help energy. If we bang in two or three at Newcastle it gives the whole team energy. It is so important. Now is the time we really start stepping up and doing much, much better. The manager is so demanding and we play for Man Utd, it is what we have to do.
“A lot of the time this season I have been deeper. Last season I could get to the box more. I was struggling this morning to play with my right foot but I pulled through it. I am fine. We are all learning and adapting. We play for Man Utd, we are dominant and we need to get results.
“Body language is one thing and the manager has come in and said he wants to cut that out, so that is final. We have taken it on board.”
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