• Ralf Rangnick did not hold back on the lackluster performance of his attackers
  • David de Gea produced a number of world-class saves before a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty sealed the victory
  • Reports have confirmed that Manchester United is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak

Manchester United pulled off a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Norwich City last Saturday, December 11, but Ralf Rangnick has since voiced out his concern about his team’s attacking group.

Speaking to the media after the win, Rangnick commended his midfielders and defenders, particularly goalkeeper David de Gea, for a solid match but made it clear that he was not happy with his front line.

“Offensively, we had some nice moves but didn't always find the best possible solution in the first half. And in the second half, especially after we scored our goal, it's a question of intensity, we conceded too many corner kicks from either side. It was never a game where we had the feeling nothing could happen and this is something we have to get better at,” Rangnick said via the Manchester Evening News.

For some unknown reason, the Red Devils looked lost for the better part of the first half as Norwich City repeatedly put the pressure on them to defend rather than attack.

De Gea, who was named man of the match, Fred and Scott McTominay anchored the defense and maintained a clean sheet, the second in the Rangnick era.

The Red Devils dominated possession of the ball, 58.5 percent to Norwich City’s 41.5 percent, by halftime but failed to make any meaningful goalscoring attempts, only having four of their six scoring attempts being on goal.

Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo led the attack but looked lethargic on the field as they were repeatedly hounded by a very game Norwich City defense.

However, a breakthrough for the visiting team would happen at the 75th minute as Ronaldo was brought down inside the box for a penalty in their favor.

The Portuguese superstar rifled in a shot to the bottom left corner that sent Manchester United fans in attendance crazy, sensing that victory was finally in their grasp.

Norwich City threatened to equalize just a few minutes later when Turkey’s Ozan Kabak headed in a goal to the bottom corner that De Gea had to reach out for.

Midfielder Billy Gilmour had a go at it himself a little bit later but was deflected by Eric Bailly, the last of Norwich City’s best attempts at tying the game up.

By the end of the match, Manchester United had barely won the possession game, controlling the ball 53% of the time and it took another Ronaldo bailout goal to get them the victory, with supporters breathing a sigh of relief.

The Red Devils are now unbeaten in their last six matches with four wins and two draws across all competitions.

Manchester United’s next match against Brentford is in danger of postponement after reports emerged that the team is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak.