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Rangnick demands United improvement vs Arsenal, praises Ten Hag, rules out Pogba

MANCHESTER United must perform better at the Emirates Stadium than they did at Anfield if they want to avoid another embarrassment, Ralf Rangnick has declared.

The Red Devils were swatted aside 4-0 on Tuesday by Liverpool in a one-sided Premier League encounter and they face another potentially tough trip to Arsenal on Saturday.

United’s interim manager Rangnick has told his players what they need to do to get a result at the Emirates.

“We will have to show a completely different performance to Tuesday,” Rangnick said on Friday during his pre-match press conference.

“We need to get the best possible team on the pitch and then play with more conviction, with more confidence and with more aggression.

“Arsenal are an attacking team, always trying to press and counter-press.

“It’s up to us to be aware and prepared for what they are doing but at the same time take advantage of the space that we will hopefully get in their half.”

Rangnick will be replaced by Erik ten Hag, who was confirmed as the next permanent manager on Thursday.

The Dutchman is currently at Ajax, where he has won two Eredivisie titles in four years and is on the verge of a third title.

Rangnick is confident Ten Hag will bring success to the sleeping giants.

He said: “I’m pretty positive with a full pre-season, with having the chance to build and mould his own staff, also a new team, which is obvious, we will have a new team, with a full pre-season, I am pretty sure that we will see a different team and improvement on the pitch.”

The German also provided a fitness update, confirming that Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay will all be available after missing the Liverpool thrashing.

However, Paul Pogba sustained a calf problem on Tuesday, and will miss out, along with Luke Shaw, Fred and Edinson Cavani.

“Scott McTominay will be back and fit to play,” confirmed Rangnick.

“He has been training with us, so he will be available for the game tomorrow. The same is true with Rapha Varane and, obviously, Cristiano is available again.”

Pogba however could be out for the rest of the season.

“With Paul, it seems, after the scan we did yesterday or the day before yesterday, it’s very unlikely that he will play until the end of the season again,” Rangnick explained.

“The doctor told me that it will take four weeks, minimum, for him to recover and, since the last game is at the end of May, I don’t think it’s very likely that he will be able to play again.”

United are three points behind Arsenal in the race for fourth place, with the Gunners having a game in hand.

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