Rangnick was criticized for making up tactics for Man Utd

04 Jan 2022 | 14:24

According to former England player Jamie Redknapp, coach Ralf Rangnick is still struggling to find tactics, and has not been able to help Man Utd create an identity.

“Rangnick used a 4-2-2-2 and it didn’t work. Then he switched to a three-back, and this time a 4-4-2. By the end of the game, I think Rangnick made it up. Man Utd has no strategy, no style of play, “Redknapp commented on Sky Sports after Man Utd lost 0-1 to Wolves in round 21 of the Premier League on the evening of January 3.

Coach Rangnick outside the line of the match Man Utd lost to Wolves 0-1 at Old Trafford on January 3

Coach Rangnick outside the line of the match Man Utd lost to Wolves 0-1 at Old Trafford on January 3

Next to Wolves, Man Utd started with four defenders, of which Phil Jones started for the first time after 712 days because of captain Harry Maguire’s injury, Victor Lindelof has not recovered from Covid-19, and Eric Bailly is attending the Africa Championship. .

Although Cristiano Ronaldo and Edison Cavani started, the host was still completely underdog. The whole game, they launched 9 shots and 2 of them were on target – far behind Wolves’ respective stats of 19 and 6. They also only enjoyed 3 corners, compared to 8 for the visitors.

Man Utd only prospered after midfielder Bruno Fernandes entered the field, creating delicious opportunities within five minutes (from 65 to 70 minutes). Including a shot that hit the bar of Fernandes and headed in Ronaldo’s offside position. In the 82nd minute, from Jones’ unstoppable clearance, Joao Moutinho shot from outside the penalty area to seal the victory for Wolves.

According to Redknapp, Man Utd’s performance yesterday was even worse than the 1-4 defeat at Watford – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last game in charge. The former Liverpool midfielder in the period 1991–2002 emphasized that Man Utd lacked the ability to control in the midfield, and was far behind champions like Man City.

“Man Utd played very badly when they lost to Watford. But I believe, when watching the home team play this match, their fans will remember the defeat to Watford and think: ‘At least, that day, Man Utd was on the ball. better’. Man Utd didn’t do anything today. They couldn’t control the game,” Redknapp analyzed. “Look at Man City or other strong teams, they have complete control in the middle of the pitch. Man Utd can’t do that. They can’t pass the ball back and forth, can’t escape pressing, to take it from there. confidence back”.

Redknapp also advised Man Utd to appoint a long-term coach soon, instead of letting Rangnick take charge until the end of this season before continuing to serve as an advisor for the next two years. He said: “Man Utd can’t get any worse. A coach can’t change the team overnight. If there is a long-term plan, Man Utd needs to give the manager time. It took Liverpool 30 years to make it. find the right coach like Jurgen Klopp. Man Utd also need their own Klopp. I see many Man Utd players playing individually because they think they can decide the game.”

The 0-1 loss at Old Trafford left Man Utd in seventh place, four points behind Arsenal’s fourth place and playing one game less. On January 10, the “Red Devils” received Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup, before rematching this same opponent in the 22nd round of the English Premier League.