Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Manchester United have not been in great form this season, but since Ralf Rangnick has been appointed interim manager, the results have improved at the club, although the performance is not.

Rangnick has addressed this at his recent press conference, saying: “I was fully aware that this could not happen overnight, it is an ongoing work. We have shown that we have conceded fewer goals, but it’s still about controlling the game.It’s clear we’ve taken a few steps, but things can still get better, to find the best formation.

“As coaches, you are never patient! You will always develop faster. It’s about the results of every match, and that’s true tomorrow.

“Like I said, it was initially about getting results, points. We were all distracted by the defeat to Wolves. It’s now about getting results and getting as many points as we can.”

Now, United fans might have been a little carried away when Rangnick was appointed, called ‘the godfather of counter-pressure’; it was hard not to, especially when his influences and connections to Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuhcel were highlighted.

Many fans thought the club would get a provisional rejection and we would finally see the attacking talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho all work together to destroy the opponents.

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‘Control’ and ‘dominate’ were buzzwords put forward by Rangnick, but what people failed to consider was how the manager would do it.

First of all, Rangnick is a pragmatist. He has always emphasized the team’s performance rather than individuals. In the 2018/19 season, his RB Leipzig team topped almost every defensive benchmark and conceded the smallest number of goals.

Combine this knowledge with his press conference comments and you can surely expect what football style you are about to see over the coming weeks. ‘Winning ugly’ was something we saw under both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho and was probably just a good way of saying that football was boring to watch.

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United fans, however, did not accept either of the two approaches, especially not Mourinhos. The leaders tried to improve the results with this kind of football and they can have it the same way if they are to see the same under Rangnick.

However, Rangnick’s system takes time to learn and he is the interim manager, so results are his priority. He wants to do what he thinks works best to achieve them, but behind the scenes he wants to lay the groundwork for United’s success in the future and therefore United fans should give him time to work.

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