Ralf Rangnick reflects on Wolves defeat
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Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has been blamed for his players not knowing how to carry out his tactics after entering the field of play. Rangnick suffered defeat for the first time as United coach on Monday when his side went down 1-0 at home to Wolves. The Red Devils had been less than convincing in the previous matches under the German.
Rangnick has been using a 4-2-2-2 formation since replacing the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But it is clear that some players are taking time to adapt to the setup.
Mason Greenwood was taken off after an hour of the match against Wolves to the displeasure of the United fans.
But Liverpool legend Steve Nicol can understand why Rangnick decided to drag off the England international.
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Nicol says Greenwood has “no idea” where he is meant to play and that falls at the door of his manager.
Nicol told ESPN FC: “I think when you’re coaching, the worst thing you can do is put players on the field and have them not know exactly what the job is. That’s half the battle.
“Because if you can do that, then at least when it goes wrong you can point a finger and you can sort it out.
“But I think there’s no question that in particular Mason Greenwood had no idea where he was playing.
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“Every time I turned away and turned my head back to the tele, he was either on the right wing, next minute on the left wing, then he’s in the middle of the park – he was all over the shop.
“[Jadon] Sancho was a little bit more disciplined defensively but Mason Greenwood didn’t know where he was supposed to be and did neither attack nor defend.
“So there you go, straight away, not only are you a man down in the middle of the park, but you’re another man down because United have got at least one in Mason who just had no idea what he was supposed to be doing.”
Greenwood’s substitution on Monday brought loud boos from the Old Trafford crowd.
But Rangnick explained his decision after the match.
“Mason was good but I had to take someone off and didn’t want to take off one of the sixes,” Rangnick told Sky Sports.
“I had to decide whether to take off Edi [Edinson Cavani] or Mason, so I took off Mason.”
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