Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick has said he has “no regrets” taking the Old Trafford job.
The 63-year-old’s admission comes despite the growing likelihood that the club will miss out on securing a Champions League spot next season.
Rangnick has won just nine of his 22 games in charge since replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November.
“No regrets,” he said. “I would do it again and again.”
United have picked up five points from their last five Premier League games, leaving them seventh with seven games to go, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and on a worse goal difference.
Rangnick has faced a succession of issues, the latest being protests outside the club’s training complex in Carrington on Friday involving more than two dozen supporters.
“As a manager you always have to ask yourself what you could have done better but I have no regrets [about taking the job],” he said.
“We are all aware that this is not an easy team and the whole situation was not easy, otherwise I wouldn’t be sitting here and Ole would probably still be here.
“We have shown over the past two months that we are capable of raising the bar, but not in the same sustainable way that I would have liked. That’s why I’m not happy with this at all. what we have achieved so far.”
Friday’s protests are expected to be followed by a more concerted protest around Saturday’s Premier League game against Norwich.
There have been calls for fans to delay their entry until the 17th minute – a reference to 17 years of Glazer family ownership, which many blame for the club’s relative lack of success of late.
Rangnick recognizes their right to peacefully put their point of view and accepts that his players have to give them something to shout about.
“Even if they do, after those 17 minutes, I hope they will still support the team and support us,” he said.
“But how much they do depends on what we show on the pitch, so it’s a give-and-take game. We can’t expect them to support us no matter what happens on the pitch. ”