The Red Devils are sixth in the Premier League going into their final game against Crystal Palace on Sunday, 10 points behind the top four and 32 points behind leaders Manchester City.
After an encouraging start under Rangnick, results soon faded and the German coach believes the side have “lost momentum” largely due to a lack of attacking players.
While Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 24 goals in all competitions since returning to Old Trafford, Manchester United have struggled on loan with Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, Edinson Cavani has been injured frequently and Mason Greenwood has been absent due to off-field problems.
Martial completed a loan move to Sevilla in January and while he has flattered himself about disappointing in Spain – not scoring in 12 games – Rangnick has hinted his presence at Old Trafford would have helped United.
When asked to reflect on his tenure, Rangnick told MUTV: “We’ve had a very good start against Crystal Palace and in terms of the result away against Norwich.
“Two wins at the start, [but in] In the draw against Newcastle we already saw some of the problems we had in that game. [We had a] Home win against Burnley so we had a very good start with 10 points out of 12.
“We had some good performances after that too but I think the loss to Atletico, we struggled from there, we struggled to keep our momentum.
“We lost our confidence and energy, unfortunately we also lost some players. After the West Ham game, we were missing some attacking players in Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial, and Edinson Cavani wasn’t available in too many games either.
“So we just lost our momentum. We lost our form and our form, especially in the last eight weeks I would say we weren’t in the same form and we didn’t show the same performances as before.’
Rangnick will be replaced by Erik ten Hag at the end of the season and the interim boss is confident his successor can bring success back to the theater of dreams.
“I’m convinced that this can happen, together with Erik we have a modern coach who has proven in recent years at Ajax that he is one of the best coaches in Europe,” he added.
“We have all the facilities here. We have the stadium, we have a capacity of almost 80,000, every home game is sold out, we have a very good training ground, we have good staff.
“So it’s all there. So if we now ensure that we get the quality players that a club like Manchester United need in the next few windows, I am confident that we can bring Manchester United back to the top flight of this league.”
Ten Hag will be present at Selhurst Park as Manchester United look to end the season on a high and qualify for the Europa League.
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