Coming into the second leg against Atletico Madrid, Manchester United must have been confident of their own chances of going through to the next round of the competition. The first leg, away at Wanda Metropolitano, had ended 1-1. On top of that, Cristiano Ronaldo was coming into this game, fresh off of scoring a hattrick against Tottenham Hotspur and we all know about his record against Diego Simeone’s side.
On top of that, Atletico Madrid have struggled for form this season and appear to be competing for a top four spot in La Liga. Thus, all things considered, many fans viewed Manchester United as the favourites at Old Trafford.
It was not Manchester United’s night though as Atletico Madrid walked out of the Theatre of Dreams with a 1-0 victory, thanks to a strike from Renan Lodi in the first half.
Manchester United could not find their way to the back of Atletico Madrid’s net and as a result, were knocked out of the Champions League. Also, this result means that the Red Devils are set to go trophyless for the fifth straight season.
Manchester United legend gives verdict on Ralf Rangnick
"“How he was chosen to be manager of this club, I don’t know.“We have had a lot of pain and I think there is more to come until we get back to where we want to be.“I keep saying it, I don’t like to talk about people behind the scenes but until we get a proper, a top-class, elite coach from another football club that wins trophies and strikes fear into players…[United won’t return to the top].”"
To be quite honest, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the appointment of Rangnick, when it had been made. The German is one of the most influential managers of this era and was very highly-rated coming in.
And he has made a positive impact at the club, and Manchester United have certainly improved from earlier on in the season. But the improvement has not been enough for the club to consider handing Rangnick the role on a permanent basis.