Manchester United’s attacking play praised by Ralf Rangnick after 3-1 victory over Burnley | Football news

Ralf Rangnick described Manchester United’s attacking play in the first half against Burnley as the best of his reign so far and explained the tactical and personnel changes he made to make it happen.

United stormed into a 3-0 lead against Burnley within 35 minutes on Thursday night and although Aaron Lennon pulled one back for the visitors, United are now four points from Arsenal in fourth place with a match in hand.

Interim boss Rangnick put the electric first half down to the six changes he made in his line-up following the disappointing draw against Newcastle on Monday and a step away from the 4-2-2-2 formation he has previously used .

“Was the first half the best since coming to the club? I would say offensively yes. Every time we had the ball on their half, we did the things we intended to do, find the right places and places, receive players in one on one situations, “he said.

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“After the first goal we scored, we had control, but then we gave a goal away. When the ball was on our half, there is still room for improvement, but offensively it was the best performance so far.

“It was about fresh legs, fresh energy, fresh bodies, more physical against this team. We knew how hard they would be, how persistent they would play, and it was a bit of a war of exhaustion, a bit of a difficult one to play. i. Therefore, it was important for me to have six fresh players on the pitch compared to the match in Newcastle.

“In the end, it paid off. They were the right players in the right positions. For me, it was important to have each player in his best possible position. That’s why we decided to play Jadon. [Sancho] from left and Mason [Greenwood] from the right and the two attackers in front and we decided to play the two sixes as they did.

“We had Nemanja [Matic] in the team as a kind of quarterback player who can also dampen the game and play the passes from that position. Scotty [McTominay], again, his energy on the pitch is contagious in a positive way. It was an extremely good performance by Scotty today. “

Manchester United took control after Burnley's quick start
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Manchester United took control after Burnley’s quick start

Rangnick also revealed that he and his coaching staff had first made the decision to select the man of the match and goal scorer McTominay on Thursday afternoon due to an injury the Scot carried from Monday night.

“We only decided at 2pm this afternoon that he would play as he still had some issues with his ankle as he suffered in Newcastle,” Rangnick said. “It was good to have him available on the team.

“During the break, our team doctor told me he would struggle in the second half with the level of pain, so it was important to have him on the team and in the end he could play the whole 92, 93 minutes.

“He was a very important player for us today. We played in a 4-4-2 defensive and a 4-2-4 offensive, and therefore it was important to have him and Nemanja as the two sixes who played alongside of each other. “

Scott McTominay scores for Man Utd against Burnley
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Man of the match Scott McTominay had been a late fitness doubt for Man Utd

Body language

In an interview with Amazon after the match, McTominay said Rangnick had set the law for the United players about their bad body language against Newcastle. Sky Sports’ Gary Neville had called them “whingebags”.

Rangnick’s intervention had the desired effect – and the interim boss explained why it matters so much.

“In team sports, it’s always important that you’re convinced of what you’re doing,” he said. “In Newcastle it was a tough match for us, we were 1-0 down after seven minutes and they did well.

“We did not play well, especially in the first half in Newcastle, and the reaction to what is happening on the pitch is the question. Should we fight back? Do we show them that we are still a team and we believe in ourselves? Or shake we upside down?

“This kind of thing only helps the other team and hurts our own team. For me, it was clear to say to them, ‘listen, we behave and work as a team and do not show that kind of side effects on the pitch’.”

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