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'Humiliated' Rangnick says Man Utd may need TEN new signings after embarrassing Liverpool defeat

09:24 EAT 20/04/2022
Ralf Rangnick Everton vs Manchester United Premier League 2021-22
The German boss reflected on an embarrassing evening at Anfield on Tuesday that saw his side ship four goals

Ralf Rangnick admitted that Manchester United were "humiliated" by rivals Liverpool once again as the manager conceded the club needs to begin a rebuild with as many as ten new signings.

Man Utd were battered by Liverpool on Tuesday night, following up a 5-0 loss to the Reds at Old Trafford earlier this season with a 4-0 defeat at Anfield.

With the loss, United have seen their top-four hopes continue to dim, with Rangnick acknowledging that his side have every reason to be embarrassed after another lesson from a top club.

What did Rangnick say?

"It is embarrassing, it is disappointing, maybe even humiliating," Rangnick told BBC Match of the Day. "We have to accept they are six years ahead of us now. When Jurgen Klopp came, they changed at the club and lifted not just the team, but the club and city to a new level.

"That is what needs to happen with us in the next transfer windows."

Asked what United need to start closing the gap on Liverpool in his post-match press conference, Rangnick replied: "If you analyse the situation it is not difficult... for me, it is clear there will be six, seven, eight, maybe 10 new players. And before you sign those players, you need to be aware how you want to play."

Rangnick on formation

Rangnick's squad began the match with a three-at-the-back system, with Phil Jones brought into the team for only his second start in two years.

It immediately backfired, as Liverpool were up a goal within five minutes before running rampant for the rest of the first half.

Rangnick changed things up at the interval, bringing Jadon Sancho on for Jones to add another attacking option, but he admitted that formation matters little in a match where Manchester United were so thoroughly outclassed.

"I don't think a different formation at the start would have changed anything," Rangnick said. "The first goal we conceded, it was not part of the game plan to be that high up and concede a counter-attack after five minutes. That changed the game.

"The first half, we were just not good enough. We did not win any first ball or second balls. We were second-best in all relevant areas.

"Second half we changed a centre-back with Jadon Sancho. The first 25 minutes we were better and had pressure on the ball at times. [We] had two or three moments, but the third goal killed the game off."

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