Manchester United interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, has accepted blame for the team’s collapse this season.
Rangnick admits he should not have expected a team spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo to adopt an energetic press.
The German replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November and wanted to bring a high-octane game to Old Trafford.
However, he was unable to find a successful Plan B when it became clear the current squad were not suited to that.
United have lost their last five away matches and need to beat Crystal Palace on Sunday to be sure of finishing sixth and avoid dropping into the Europa Conference League next season when Erik ten Hag will be in charge.
“We never came near to that aggressive, pro-active football I’d normally want to do. It has to do with physicality if you want to play like that. I should have done better and developed this team in a more sustainable way.
“I am not blaming Cristiano (Ronaldo) at all, he did great in games, but he is not a pressing monster. Even when he was young, he wasn’t shouting, “The other team has the ball, where can we win balls?”
“It was the same with quite a few other players so we had to make compromises at one stage. We never found the right balance between what do we need with the ball and without the ball,” Rangnick said.