Manchester City Derby: This Is Actually My Biggest Challenge – Ralf Blots

Interim manager Ralf Rangnick believes that this weekend’s Manchester derby is an opportunity for his side to confirm the progress that has been made over the last few months.

Since Rangnick took charge in December, the Reds have lost just once in the Premier League and will put an eight-game unbeaten run in the competition on the line at league leaders City on Sunday.

Although United haven’t always picked up the desired amount of points in each of those games, as the boss also stated in the second half of his press conference, his team’s performances have regularly shown promising signs at both ends of the pitch.

Prior to Saturday’s fixtures in England’s top flight, no Premier League club had created more chances than the Reds since the German’s arrival, while we are also joint-third in the clean-sheet ranks over that time.

Now, Rangnick says that Sunday’s derby will be a litmus test for United and thus a chance to mark our recent progress.

“For us, it’s confirming the development of the team in the last three months,” he said in the second half of Friday afternoon’s press conference.

“We’ve been unbeaten for the last 11 games [in normal time], we haven’t lost a single away game since I arrived, but we know this will be the biggest challenge so far.

“We haven’t played against a team of that kind of quality. It’s about confirming [our] development on Sunday against one of the best teams in the world.”

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