Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham fell to a heavy 4-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier today.
The Cottagers’ much-loved manager Ranieri gave his thoughts after the game in the typically poetic fashion we have come to expect from the veteran Italian manager.
Ranieri felt his team lacked strength and were overpowered all over the pitch against United.
“In the first half, it was 11 lambs against 11 wolves. The wolves ate the lambs. The second half was much better but I have to consider if that was a down from Manchester because they were winning 3-0 or we made a good performance.’’ Ranieri told BBC Sport.
“We have to be stronger, more confident in our qualities. Without the strength, the power, it is difficult. Manchester United have everything – qualities, power.”
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United raced into a 3-0 lead in the first half and at the interval, it was more a case of damage limitation for Ranieri.
“In the first half we were shy, we were waiting. Why? Why were we waiting? Go, play football. Then, if they score, it is normal. I want my team to play and fight for every single ball. In the second half, we did. Why we didn’t in the first half, I need to speak with my players.”
Ranieri saw a much-improved performance from his team after the break but United ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end.
“The response in the second half was positive. We played with more intensity, we were hungry, everything better than the first half. The first half was a warm-up.”
Fulham remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after today’s loss.