Man Utd bosses angered by Rangnick’s comments about being ‘behind Liverpool’

Manchester United chiefs have been left enraged after Ralf Rangnick declared the club are "six years behind" fierce rivals Liverpool.

The German made the remarks in the aftermath of United's humiliating 4-0 drubbing to the Reds at Anfield on Wednesday night – months after they were embarrassed 5-0 by the same opponents at Old Trafford. The latest damning defeat has left the Reds Devils languishing down in sixth spot in the Premier League standings and in perilous danger of missing out on Champions League football next campaign.

Following the latest setback in a season of struggles, interim manager Rangnick took aim at the club days after United reached an agreement with Ajax boss Erik ten Hag for him to become the next permanent Old Trafford manager. And it appears Rangnick's remarks haven't gone down well with his employers.

According to the Telegraph, United bosses were angered by the German's declaration that the Red Devils are “six years behind” Wednesday night's opponents Liverpool. The club's chiefs are understood to be in disagreement with such claims and believe fortunes can be changed over a much shorter timeframe.

In the wake of the Anfield annihilation, Rangnick raged: “It’s embarrassing, it’s completely disappointing and also humiliating, but we’ve got to accept that they’re six years ahead of us. When you compare that squad that Liverpool has with the one that Jurgen inherited when he came six years ago I think at the end of his first season they finished eighth.

"They had a point average of 1.6. This is roughly where we are right now with our current team so this team needs to be rebuilt. It's clear and a game like today showed that even in a very drastic way that this rebuild is necessary."

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The difference of opinion is just the latest sign of an increasingly strained relationship between the club and their current interim, who is still expected to step into a consultancy role at Old Trafford come the end of the season. The relationship hasn't been helped by the constant questioning Rangnick has faced with regards to Ten Hag's appointment.

Last week, it was widely reported that the club had agreed a deal with the Dutchman and, on Thursday, United made an official announcement to confirm Ten Hag's appointment. The club's director of football John Murtough is said to have been the 'driving force' behind the push to secure Ten Hag as manager, with the aid of the club's technical director, Darren Fletcher.

Following defeat at Anfield, United find themselves a whopping 22 points adrift of second-placed Liverpool in the Premier League standings. While the Red Devils have been left to come to terms with yet another trophy-less season, Jurgen Klopp's Reds remain in with a chance of clinching an unprecedented quadruple.

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