Manchester United v Wolves: Match in pictures
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Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand thinks Ralf Rangnick’s tactics aren’t getting the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo or Edinson Cavani. The pair both started Monday night’s defeat to Wolves. And neither was able to make an impact as their team slipped to defeat.
Manchester United went into their match against Wolves looking to build on their 3-1 victory over Burnley days previously.
However, Joao Moutinho’s strike saw the visitors take all three points. Deservedly, too.
United were shambolic throughout the showdown, with Rangnick struggling to get the best from anybody on the night – Phil Jones aside.
Now, Ferdinand has called out the German for the way Ronaldo and Cavani performed, insisting the 63-year-old must change his ways to accommodate the pair.
“My biggest gripe is when you’ve got Cavani and Ronaldo in your team, two of the best attackers of the ball from wide areas and you don’t play with any width or players that are capable of putting the ball in from wide areas, then it almost feels as though it’s a pointless task,” he said on FIVE.
“You have to play to their strengths, it’s like Falcao years ago, we brought someone in who was great at attacking balls but never produced the ball.
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“So how can you expect them to produce the goods. Ronaldo can do other things as well, so can Cavani.
“But if two of their big things are when you cross the ball, get the ball in the box.
“I’m not saying hoof it, I’m saying get more width.
“I know when he plays the 4-2-2-2 it’s about full-backs being the width, but Wan-Bissaka is not the man to cross the ball, Shaw can do it when he gets up there but we didn’t have enough possession against Wolves, but the way that they are playing didn’t allow them to get the ball into good positions for the front players.
“If you look at the stats, they had 19 efforts on goal to our nine, at home that’s despicable, it isn’t good enough.”
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Ferdinand also criticised Marcus Rashford for his body language after the England international came on and did precious little.
“Body language is an issue,” Ferdinand said.
“Marcus Rashford comes off the bench and you are expecting him to go out there and really fly and give it some.
“And sometimes you see him losing the ball and the reaction to losing the ball isn’t what you want to see sometimes.
“That could be down to him not being happy not playing etc. But you’ve got to put that to one side.
“When you’re out of the team it’s about coming in and proving to the manager what you’re about and who you are.
“Maybe he feels he is not getting the opportunities he deserves. I don’t know.
“It’s hard to pinpoint one player – you can’t, all the players have to take responsibility from Cristiano at the top all the way down to all the other players.”
After the game against Wolves, United star Luke Shaw admitted the players had struggled – while also claiming they weren’t ‘all there together’.
“Not good enough, we really struggled,” he said. “We couldn’t get hold of the ball and when we didn’t have the ball we weren’t aggressive enough. We didn’t put them under any pressure.
“It maybe looked like an easy game for them. A disappointing performance and result.
“We didn’t have many options on the ball and we weren’t on the front foot.
“We have to put more pressure on them, we have to have intensity. Us players, we have been here a long time, maybe tonight we struggled, I didn’t think we were all there together. You look at the players we have, we have unbelievable quality but sometimes quality is not enough.
“We need to bring the intensity and more motivation. Inside the dressing room, we know what we want but out on the pitch we need to give 100 per cent.
“To win these types of games we all need to be 100 per cent committed. It is tough and disappointing.”
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