Manchester United scored three first-half goals for the first time in the Premier League since January as they swept Burnley aside at Old Trafford to move back into the top six.
After a disappointing draw at Newcastle on Monday, Rangnick made six changes to his line-up and shifted from his preferred 4-2-2-2 to a 4-4-2 formation. The move was rewarded within eight minutes, when Scott McTominay fired in from the edge of the box.
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was pleased with his side’s performance in the 3-1 victory over Burnley. He said: “It was, as expected, a really tough and difficult game against a team who play physically and very direct in parts.
“We knew that in advance so it was important we met the physical and technical demands. When the ball was in their half, we did well and also showed the qualities we have in our transition. [It was] Important to score. In our half, there are things to improve on and we will work on that. It was important today to raise the energy level. Physically and energetically, it was a good performance.
“Even before I came, there was no doubt about the qualities the team has offensively; we just need to make sure that we concede as few goals as possible. I’m a little bit angry about the goal we conceded and that again was an unforced error.”
The victory extends United’s unbeaten run since the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to eight matches, although they are only two points closer to the top of the league than the bottom. They still have some way to go if they are to start to create a meaningful legacy to the feats of Sir Alex Ferguson, who celebrates his 80th birthday on New Year’s Eve.