Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick addresses VAR controversy and hails two players after Villa win

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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has spoken out following his side’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday. Scott McTominay scored the only goal of the game to propel the home side into the fourth round of the FA Cup. However, once again, it was an unconvincing performance from the fallen Premier League giants. 

Manchester United went into the game against Aston Villa looking to bounce back after losing 1-0 to Wolves last week.

And while it wasn’t a brilliant performance, Rangnick’s side did just that with McTominay scoring the only goal of the game with just eight minutes left on the clock.

The Scotland international rose majestically to head home Fred’s pinpoint delivery, securing all three points for his team in the process.

United were poor again, however.

They had less possession than their rivals throughout the game and, had it not been for some good goalkeeping from David De Gea, could have found themselves out of the competition. 

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And Rangnick has now spoken out on the VAR drama after Danny Ings saw a goal chalked off due to a foul committed on Edinson Cavani in the build-up.

He feels the right decision was made, saying: “We had a look in the dugout and when I saw the situation for me it was clear – the player who blocked Edinson Cavani was offside in the very moment when the ball came in.”

Rangnick praised McTominay for his winning goal, while also hailing the performance of De Gea in goal.

“He is an academy boy,” he said of McTominay.

“His energy is amazing. He now also starts scoring goals and also with some leadership skills.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if in a couple of years he would be the captain of this team.”


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On De Gea, he added: “We have to develop the team into a clean sheet team and that was another one today but still David de Gea was outstanding again for me today.

“I would have wanted him to have less saves in total, I think we had four or five shots on goal but again we can still improve even in that area.”

Rangnick also feels United still require improvement despite returning to winning ways. 

“I think we showed a reaction after the Wolves game, that is what everyone expected from us,” said the 63-year-old.

“We knew it would be very difficult against Villa. In the first half I thought we did well. It could have been 3-2 or 4-3 to us at half time.

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