Ralf Rangnick grateful for Europa League place after missing out on top 4

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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick content with Europa League qualification

Manchester United’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick said he was optimistic about the club’s future despite defeat to Crystal Palace on final day.

United secured a spot in next season’s Europa League despite losing 1-0 on Sunday after West Ham United lost 3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion to finish seventh.

“I think Brighton did us a favour to turn the game around,” Ralf Rangnick told reporters. “They were losing 1-0 at halftime and scored three goals in the second half. We would have loved to take care of ourselves.”

Rangnick’s tenure as interim manager came to an end with United collecting 58 points, their lowest tally in Premier League history. They have not won a trophy since winning the Europa League in 2017.

Dutchman Ten Hag will take charge of United ahead of the coming season and Ralph Rangnick said the extent of the club’s problems was known before Sunday’s defeat.

“We knew (what work lies ahead) before that game. We wouldn’t have needed that fixture today to know that, but I’m optimistic, I’m positive,” Rangnick said.

“With the new manager, and Erik is a top manager, together with our board, with our scouting department we can make sure that we get the necessary reinforcements, the players that help to raise the level of quality again.

“And then, hopefully, bring Manchester United back into the top four.”

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