Cristiano Ronaldo’s 75th-minute penalty gave the Reds a tight win at Carrow Road, extending their unbeaten streak to six since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.
It has seen United move forward on points with West Ham finish fourth ahead of The Hammers’ trip to Burnley on Sunday, but goalkeeper David De Gea has had to star for the visitors to ensure they win on the road and their performance is below their late success. last week against Crystal Palace with the same score.
“Norwich played in a very proactive and aggressive way, so the question is how do we deal with this kind of football,” said the German.
“I wish we were more intense, more physically fit and more ready to win duels.
“We could have done better in some parts. In some parts it’s good, like the whole defence, six men including De Gea are good.
“We also had some nice moves but didn’t find the best solution in the first half and second half after we scored, it was a matter of intensity and we conceded too many kicks. penalty and corner kick.
“It’s a game where something can never happen and we need to change that.”
De Gea kept his second clean sheet in a row after stellar saves to deny Teemu Pukki and Ozan Kabak in the second half.
Rangnick added: “It was a great performance by David. He was probably the man of the game, especially in the second half when he made two or three excellent saves.”
One worry for United is central defender Victor Lindelof was forced to a halt with what appeared to be breathing problems at 74 minutes.
But the caretaker boss provided a more positive update, explaining: “He can’t even remember himself how it happened.
“I think he collided with another player and had breathing problems. For over 10 minutes his heart rate was higher than normal and he was a bit shocked by this, so we had to replace him.
“The doctor examined him after the game and everything seems fine for now, but we still have to see how he is tomorrow. Hopefully he will be fit for the match against Brentford. ”
Norwich manager Dean Smith Was disappointed with the decision to give United a penalty with 15 minutes remaining after Max Aarons fouled Ronaldo in the box.
He affirmed that if referee Darren England did not point his finger at the dot, VAR would allow the game to continue.
Smith said: “I’m sure if the referee hadn’t blown Ronaldo, they wouldn’t have handled it too much because it was as gentle as possible.
“Is their contact in the box? It’s correct. Is it the arm on the shoulder? It’s correct. Is it enough to bring players down? Is not.
“I could show you five or six other such incidents in the game, so I’m disappointed with that but overall I feel like Manchester United were able to control the game. Marcus Rashford took a free kick in the first half, so it was disappointing.”
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