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Rangnick fears for United defence against rampant Liverpool

LONDON (AFP) – Ralf Rangnick said Manchester United will be fortunate to even get a point against in-form Liverpool tomorrow night (April 20, 3am Brunei time) if they show the same defensive frailties they did in the 3-2 win over struggling Norwich.

Interim manager Rangnick’s pessimism came despite United’s chances of securing Champions League football next season being boosted by defeats for rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

United trail Spurs – who occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot – by three points and have the same number of points as Arsenal, although the Gunners have a game in hand.

Rangnick fears for United’s defence against a vibrant Liverpool side who reached the FA Cup final with a 3-2 win over league title rivals Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s side remain on course for four trophies – they have secured one already the League Cup – as they are a point adrift of City in the table and in the Champions League semi-finals.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his third goal against Norwich. PHOTO: AP

Rangnick criticised his defence for the two goals they conceded to bottom side Norwich on Saturday, saying “no other team in the league” gives away presents like that.

“Everybody has seen today’s game and everybody knows what kind of team we are playing on Tuesday,” he said.

“They (Liverpool) have just beaten Man City, they are in the cup final and they might have a chance to win four trophies this season.

“If we play like we did today, it will be very difficult to even get a point. This is what we have to be realistic and aware of. We have to be lot better when the opposition is in possession.”

On a more upbeat note for United was Cristiano Ronaldo’s 60th career hat-trick which took him to 20 goals in all competitions this season.

It is the 16th season in a row that Ronaldo has scored 20 or more club goals in all competitions and moved him on to 99 career Premier League goals.

Rangnick said a decision on Ronaldo’s future will be for his permanent successor, with Ajax coach Erik ten Hag reportedly likely to be appointed within days.

“In the end, this is not my decision,” said Rangnick, who will stay on at Old Trafford as an advisor.

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