Ralf Rangnick “surprised” by the current situation at Manchester United


Manchester United’s interim head coach Ralf Rangnick is said to be “astonishing” at how bad the situation he has inherited at Old Trafford is.

The German took over in the Red Devils at the end of November, after Ole Gunnar Solskjaers was fired, but the club has not had any increase in wealth since his appointment.

Man Utd fans were confused by the club’s draw with Young Boys and Newcastle United – a team that is in 19th place in the Premier League table – which saw very little difference between the level of performance under Rangnick. Last week’s defeat to Wolves was without a doubt the low point of his tenure so far, with Wolves’ first victory at Old Trafford since 1980.

According to the Daily Mail, it is not only the results on the pitch that worry Rangnick, but also the “nausea” in the locker room, which is said to have “surprised” the ex-RB Leipzig coach.

It is even claimed that Rangnick now believes that a top four position will be difficult to achieve this season.

To combat the problems at Man Utd, the coach is willing to move away from the “rock ‘n roll football” tactics that he does not think fit the club’s playing staff.

Defensive options are reportedly a key reason for this compromise, and as was said at his press conference ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup match with Aston Villa, Rangnick is considering a move from a back four to a back three.

“Well, I think most teams have their system in England and they stick to it,” he said.

“But there are also teams that change from a back three to a back four, or from a back four to a back three.

“Or – like Bayern Munich, for example, or [RB] Leipzig, who also did it last season with Julian Nagelsmann – even though they play defensively in a back four, they try to rotate within this system, this formation, to a slightly asymmetrical back three.

“I think with our team we have the two options. To be able to play with a back three, we need to have most of our midfielders available. I think under Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] the team did it for example in matches like Tottenham, Atalanta away or against Manchester City in the derby.

“I think we can play in the back three, this could be an option for us, but, as I said, it also depends on what players are available, on the players’ current form and form and also, to some extent, to the team we play against. “

In addition to a tactical change, Man Utd fans would also welcome some signings in January. 90min reported earlier this week that Ruben Neves is a target for the club, with the player keen to prove himself in a “bigger club”.

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