Ralf Rangnick has not had the best of times at Manchester United ever since he was appointed as an interim manager. Rangnick, who was appointed after the Manchester club sacked Club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjær from the managerial position, was meant to be an upgrade on Solskjær.
However, Ralf Rangnick is yet to have a strong impact on the players and as per the latest reports, Manchester United find Rangnick’s training methods to be ‘outdated’. Ahead of the match against Southampton, Ralf Rangnick was asked about his thoughts on the rumours surrounding his training sessions, to which he replied, the change in the playing style has been due to the training sessions.
Talking about the matter, he said, “Nothing to be honest. I haven’t read any newspapers or read those articles.
“The way we have developed is obviously, the work we do on the pitch and the video analysis.”
Ralf Rangnick on Manchester United’s decline in the second half
In their last game against Burnley, Manchester United was leading in the first half and looked in the driver seat. However, unsurprisingly they could not hold onto the lead and conceded a goal just two minutes into the second half. Further, to make it worse, the red devils failed to register a single shot on the target the entire against a Burnley team that are at the bottom of the table.
Ralf Rangnick was asked about the reason Manchester United dropped off in the second-half.
He said, “How we played in the first half or 70 minutes at Burnley was very, very close to the game-plan that we spoke about and now it’s about rewarding ourselves and getting the results that we deserve.
“I think the players have realised that there has been a good development in the last couple of weeks, both in and out of possession. They realised that we controlled the game but, then again, if we concede a goal, against Boro it was after 65-70 minutes, we should just stick to the game-plan. Not, all of a sudden, lose shape or lose composure.
“This was the most harmful part of it. We just didn’t stick to that game-plan. All of a sudden, we didn’t have the same positioning on the pitch, our two 8s were too far outside, this is what we spoke about yesterday and the day before, when we analysed the Burnley game.
“Hopefully, when we have the same amount of opportunities, we score more than one goal, this has to be more effective. But we have to be aware of why we were so dominant. We have to stick to that, all of a sudden, not lose structure, lose shape, it was obvious for some 15-20 minutes against Burnley. It got better at the end of the game, and we had more control, but in those 15 minutes, we lost that shape.”
Manchester United had a great opportunity to seal a top 4 spot in the Premier League and make it easier for themselves. But, with the performances as such, the going seems to only get tougher for Ralf Rangnick’s boys.