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RALF RANGNICK has admitted he is relieved Manchester United have qualified for next season’s Europa League despite losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Rangnick ended his troubled spell as caretaker United manager by securing sixth in the Premier League.

United did little to help themselves, losing to a goal from former striker Wilfried Zaha as new boss Erik ten Hag watched from the stands at Selhurst Park.

Brighton’s 3-1 win over West Ham proved crucial for United as it kept the Hammers below them in seventh place.

As United avoid the ignominy of playing in the Europa Conference League next season, Rangnick will step down to work as a consultant at Old Trafford while coaching Austria.

Ten Hag will start working at United shortly after leading Ajax to the Dutch title.

“Yeah, I think Brighton did us the favor of turning things around because they were losing at half-time,” Rangnick said.

“They scored three times in the second half and that was the good thing of the weekend and of this game.

“We would have liked to take care of ourselves, but in a way the game was indicative of the last two weeks.”

Rangnick said it had been a strange experience for him since he was appointed as caretaker manager at the end of November, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired.

“It was a new experience for me, not necessarily in the middle of the season but knowing that it would be an interim role.

“Unfortunately we didn’t have a pre-season and unfortunately we couldn’t strengthen the squad.

“We got enough points with an average of 2.1 until the game against Atletico, but I think that Champions League loss was kind of like someone popped the ball.”

Rangnick didn’t hold back in his assessment of a United side that lost focus after their Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid in March.

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“I think the big goal for some of our best players was the Champions League and after that loss to Atletico you could literally feel in training that we didn’t have the same level of energy, focus and focus,” he said.

While Ten Hag was at Palace, he did not enter United’s dressing room.

Rangnick will warn his successor that he needs to improve United’s team spirit when they speak in the coming days.

“Team spirit, yes that is also a problem. I think this team would need more cohesion, there could be more solidarity on the pitch,” he said.

– ©AFP 2022

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