Manchester United interim manager Ralph Rangnick has stressed the importance of Sunday night’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace, as the curtains close for the 2021/22 season.
United head into the game at Selhurst Park knowing their victory would place them sixth, thus qualifying for the Europa League.
In what will be his last game as United manager, Rangnick has opened up about his disappointment after another frustrating campaign.
“I mean it’s bad enough that we won’t be playing on Tuesday night and Wednesday in the Champions League, but knowing we’re going to play on Thursday night, I think it’s important, especially for the players, also our fans that we qualified for the Europa League because in the Europa League, Manchester United arrived to the final in the previous season.
“Last season they played in the final against Villarreal and Frankfurt won the Europa League two days ago in style, qualifying for the Champions League. That’s why I think it’s very important to qualify for the Europa League.”
United will be under the supervision of Eric Ten Hag next season, and support the German-Dutch team to improve the team in general.
“I mean if we get the right conclusions from the experience we’ve had this season, not the last six months but in general the last 12 months, I think it’s positive. It could be positive. I’m sure that can happen, with Eric, we have a recent coach who has proven himself in recent years at Ajax that he is one of the best coaches in Europe.
“We have all the facilities here. We have the stadium, we have a capacity of about 80,000, every game on our ground is sold out, we have a very good training ground, we have a good staff,”
The former direct Ajax coach is already in England and could be present at Selhurst Park.