Fourth place is the most we can hope for – Manchester United coach Ralf Rangnick acknowledges the club’s title race is finished.

Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United’s manager, has confessed that the club’s title race is finished, with the Red Devils only “aiming for” fourth place in the Premier League.

“Right now, finishing fourth in the league is exactly what Manchester United needs and desires,” he remarked. “This is the pinnacle of our accomplishments.”

Rangnick’s team will face Brighton on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw with Southampton at Old Trafford cost them the chance to finish fourth in the Premier League.

United had been leading at halftime for the fourth time in six games but had failed to win.

“After 11 weeks here, I know what it takes for next season, but now is not the time to talk about it.”

“Tomorrow, Sunday, Wednesday, and the next few weeks are all on my mind.

“My entire attention is on the current squad and getting the most out of this season, and then it’s time to talk about the following few years.”

Rangnick believes his players are lacking in confidence and has enlisted the services of club psychologist Sascha Lense to help them modify their mindset.

“It is very evident that if you are 1-0 up in 11 out of 13 games and win half of them, and then concede an equaliser in three consecutive games, it affects the players’ minds,” he remarked.

“They believe they should be ahead 2-0 or 3-0, but the score is 1-1.

“It’s understandable that it has an impact on the players’ confidence. The only thing we can do is speak with each player individually and explain why.”

“It’s apparent the players are understanding it,” Rangnick continued. It all started with Aston Villa’s FA Cup success, and the players have felt and understood the role since then. They must now do it in a long-term manner.

“Over the last few weeks, the first half has been extremely good. We didn’t allow a single goal to be scored against us. The next step is to improve our physical, tactical, and mental fitness. It was far too simple for other teams to score against us, and our own errors also allowed other teams to score.”

“I don’t know,” Rangnick responded when asked if United’s difficulties stemmed from the players rather than the manager. There are certainly several reasons why they are so far ahead of other teams like Arsenal and Tottenham, as well as the top two or three, if you look at the current table.

“It’s something we’re going to talk about in June.” I’m not sure if it’s because of the players; they’re ambitious, want to work hard, and win.”

Manchester United presently sits in fifth place on the leaderboard with 40 points.

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