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Rangnick warns Man Utd fans: Improvements will take months

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has warned fans any prospect of improvements won't happen for months.

Ahead of his debut against Crystal Palace today, Rangnick is cautious about offering overnight cures having watched the one-sided defeats by Liverpool and Manchester City.

"I am more than optimistic, but I also have to be realistic," he says. "Five weeks ago, our team lost 5-0 against Liverpool — and it could have been a lot more if we are honest.

"Against City it was 2-0 — but it could also have been more. It was important to win the point at Chelsea but the performance? I don't know. They had 24 shots on goal and we had three.

"So right now, to say I will challenge the top Premier League managers in the next few weeks or months, is not realistic.

"I cannot turn the players we have into the pressing monsters I want them to be within two, three or four weeks. The same happened to Jurgen when he came in the middle of the season.

"Liverpool had a lot of muscle injuries in that time because they were not used to that kind of training so we have to be smart."

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