Ranieri baffled by Fulham start at Man Utd: “The wolves ate the lambs”

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Claudio Ranieri is wondering what it’s going to take to come out of the gates strong after his Fulham side was humbled by Manchester United on Saturday.

Reading his words after the 4-1 loss, it seems he’s wondering how a team can’t answer the bell, at Old Trafford, with relegation becoming an increasing threat to the London-based club.

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The almost always quotable Fulham manager entertained a bit more than his did in attempting to explain the loss. From the BBC:

“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.”

“In the first half it was 11 lambs against 11 wolves. The wolves ate the lambs.”

Fulham remain 20th in the table, with a league-worst goal differential of minus-26. The Cottagers host West Ham before heading away to Newcastle in two matches in which they’ll be hoping to collect points.