Ralf Rangnick explains what pleased him and what did not in Manchester United’s win vs Arsenal

Ralf Rangnick was impressed with the “potential” he saw from his Manchester United players as they edged Arsenal 3-2 on Thursday night.

The Gunners took a 1-0 lead at Old Trafford through Emile Smith Rowe, but the hosts turned it around through goals from Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Martin Odegaard offered a swift reply for Arsenal with a smart finish, but Ronaldo was on hand again to give United all three points in Michael Carrick’s final match in charge.

Carrick took temporary charge of United following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking recently, but with Rangnick, who was in attendance at Old Trafford on Thursday, coming in until the end of the season, his brief reign has come to an end.

Now, in his first press conference as United boss, Rangnick has opened up on what he saw from his new side as they managed to secure three points against Arsenal.

“All of you saw the game. The first half was shaky with this unlucky goal. Even myself, I said where is David? After that goal, it was a major blow for the team, they were lacking confidence,” Rangnick said.

“Which is normal after the recent weeks. It was important to get the equaliser before half-time.

“You could see the potential that was in the team. To transfer the game away from our own box into an area where we have our assets.”

Rangnick added: “Yesterday in the box, I felt with Michael, Kieran, it could have been 4-2 or 3-3. You don’t want these types of games as a coach. In the end, I was more than happy we got the result we wanted.”

The defeat to Arsenal is their second in three Premier League matches – with both coming away from home against the so-called ‘big six’. However, the Gunners had the chance to pick up three points in Manchester, with the north Londoners taking an early lead.

Mikel Arteta, though, said his team were “sloppy” when in possession and believes that played a key part in United turning the match around in front of their new manager.