Ralf Rangnick reflects on Wolves defeat
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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has been warned by Jamie Redknapp that Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood don’t fit into the German’s 4-2-2-2 shape after United slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Wolves on Monday night.
Joao Moutinho’s late strike ensured that Rangnick’s unbeaten start to life at Old Trafford came to an end against Bruno Lage’s side.
But it was another lacklustre performance, rather than anything else, that has set alarm bells ringing for some United fans as Rangnick’s honeymoon period fell to a premature end.
And the former RB Leipzig chief has been warned by Sky Sports pundit Redknapp that his favoured formation isn’t working with his current squad – and that two of United’s promising young attackers are suffering more than most.
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“Today, the way that Ralf Rangnick set up his team, you were never going to get hold of the ball,” said Redknapp after the match. “It was impossible because they haven’t got the players to do that.
“The system they played against Norwich was they played with two really narrow players. You cannot ask Sancho and Greenwood to play the way that he played at RB Leipzig, because you need two players that aren’t of that ilk.
“They’re going to have to be, and I’m trying to think of two players off the top of my head that we can mention…but they’ve got to be able to run out to the widemen and [then] back inside. They’ve got to be so fit and so strong and so good on the ball so you can get that four vs two.
“But the two players who play there right now don’t look comfortable.
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“Sancho looks like he can’t raise a gallop at the moment. Now, we have to give him time, of course we do. He’s cost a lot of money and he’s come from another country, maybe he will get it. But one thing I worry about him, in tight areas, he looks fine. But he looks like can’t run past anyone. He looks like he hasn’t got that yard of pace to go 20, 30 yards with the ball. And United wingers, if you’re gonna be one, you’ve got to be able to run with the ball.
“That’s a major problem for them right now with that system.”
Sancho again struggled to make any sort of impression for United against Wolves.
Greenwood fared slightly better but was replaced by Bruno Fernandes on the hour mark – a decision that left the Old Trafford faithful booing Rangnick.
Fernandes did briefly spark some life into United before Moutinho’s late strike, but Rangnick pulled no punches – admitting that Wolves deserved the points in the wake of United’s tepid performance.
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“We didn’t play well at all individually or collectively,” conceded Rangnick. “In the first half, we had big problems to keep them away from our goal.
“In the second half we changed to a back three and had more control then a spell of 15 minutes where we could have scored. The goal we conceded, we had enough players in the box.
“The cross had been defended by Jones but the goal we conceded was like too many this season.
“Moutinho could shoot unmarked with no problems, no pressure. We’re very disappointed about the result and parts of our performance.”
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