Scott McTominay has agreed with Cristiano Ronaldo that Manchester United should be aiming for more than just finishing in the Premier League top four. The Red Devils saw their hopes of securing Champions League football dealt a blow by Burnley on Tuesday night, with the Clarets earning a vital point. Now, it’ll be interesting to see how Ralf Rangnick’s team respond.
United took the lead against Burnley, with Paul Pogba opening the scoring at Turf Moor.
Yet the Red Devils ended up merely drawing, with Jay Rodriguez netting for the Clarets mere minutes after the interval.
United dominated the ball, and made more chances than their opponents, yet were unable to emerge from the contest with all three points.
And McTominay, speaking after the game, has admitted that United should be aiming for more than finishing third or fourth in the table.
“No, for me, no,” he said.
“That’s the situation we find ourselves in. It’s been a difficult situation this year.
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“I think to build up good things, sometimes you have to destroy a few things.
“So why not – new year, new life and I hope that Manchester [United] can be the level that the fans want. They deserve that.
“I don’t want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I’m here to try to win, to compete.
“I think we compete but we are not yet in our best level. But we have a long way to improve and I believe if we change our mind, we can achieve big things.”
Rangnick was unhappy after United’s match with Burnley, insisting they paid the price for individual mistakes.
“The second half we didn’t start well, we were not aggressive enough, we were not composed enough on the ball,” he said.
“Even the two minutes before we conceded the goal, three times we had won the ball and played tiki-taka football in our own half and gave away the ball too easily.
“Then we had our own counterattack, 20 seconds before we scored. The behaviour of our team in those 10 seconds before they scored was just not good enough.
“We had two or three players in our own half but still allowed them to score the goal.”
Burnley boss Sean Dyche, meanwhile, was delighted at his team’s performance on the night.
“Man United were the better side in the first half, we never really got near what I was hoping for, apart from the work ethic of the defensive unit,” he said.
“We wanted a reaction and the players gave a reaction, the second half is much more what we want to be like against a very good outfit. It’s a very positive point.
“It’s not easy, we’re in a situation where we’re bottom of the league. I don’t think we should be there, we’ve got to correct it and it’s difficult.
“We’re playing against Man United, there might be some noise about them but there’s still some top, top players there.
“You can’t wait for games to come your way, you have to make them come your way. You could argue Man United were very good, or we were off and we made Man United look very good.”
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