5 changes Ralf Rangnick made at Manchester United

Manchester United got off to a good start under new interim manager Ralf Rangnick. The German coach led the team in a 1-0 win last week Crystal Palace. He then rolled out a young, tested squad against Young Boys midweek.

The young players did not disappoint and were able to leave with a 1-1 draw. The big stars were brought back as the Reds headed to Carrow Road to take over Norwich City on Saturday. It turned out to be a fiercer battle than Ralf Rangnick expected.

But thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalties, they were able to pocket three extremely valuable points. Manchester United have risen to 5th place in the Premier League table. It’s too early to gauge Ralf Rangnick’s impact at Manchester United.

The former RB Leipzig manager has his own philosophy and style of play and it will take some time before the United side gets used to it. But Rangnick has made a number of key decisions since taking over at Manchester United.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at five changes Ralf Rangnick has made at Manchester United.

#5 New roles for Scott McTominay and Fred

Manchester United v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Manchester United v Crystal Palace – Premier League

Ralf Rangnick uses a tall backline and that is what has helped Manchester United so much in their past three games. United’s backline is used to being confined in their own half and this in turn is forced by defensive midfielders to cover too much space on the flanks.

However, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof maintaining a high backline, Fred and McTominay were more involved in and around the final third. While McTominay has had some impressive performances, Fred seems to be well on his way to becoming a very important cog on the team.

The Brazilian midfielder’s ability to hit people is proving very useful for Manchester United. He scored Manchester United’s winning goal against Crystal Palace. He was also heavily involved in building the game against Norwich City.

While Fred’s tenacity is much talked about, the style of play that Manchester United are using under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t help play to Fred’s other strengths. Ralf Rangnick seems to know how to use the midfield double shaft, also known as McFred, much better.

Fred: Completed 58 passes (91%) Won 11 tackles (92%) 6 tackles 4 won the ballMcTominay: Completed 44 passes (88%) Won 7 touches (70%) 7 times recover ball 6 finish long ball They all played well today.

#4 The Manchester United full-back started higher under Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United v Arsenal - Premier League
Manchester United v Arsenal – Premier League

While this was a sizable part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s original plan, there were a lot of other factors involved. Under Jose Mourinho, the United squad became disordered and unbalanced.

To get solid defensively, Solskjaer ultimately had to rely on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s tackle ability alongside central defenders. Wan-Bissaka is not particularly good in attack but he can change positions in the back line.

Under Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United full-backs started playing higher up the pitch. This is, of course, a by-product of United’s absolute dominance. But in Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 system, it was the full-backs who mainly provided the width.

As a result, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles, who are capable of delivering superb crosses, started for Manchester United. They also did a very good job.

This is the general shape of the Manchester United are in possession. 2 CB & 2 DMs provide a base with a width that usually comes from full-backs (Introduced inside here). Two central strikers and two narrow wingers / number 10 seconds 5 changes Ralf Rangnick made at Manchester United

Aila Slisco

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