It can be said that Manchester United have really lost their way in the last days under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but even a “small” like Watford is enough to destroy them with a score of 4-1. So, with the arrival of coach Ralf Rangnick – who is always hailed as a ‘master of tactics’, the Old Trafford team is expected to turn the situation around as spectacularly as Chelsea last season.
To be fair, Rangnick immediately made a difference for Man Utd, and the first 30 minutes of the win against Crystal Palace was the most obvious proof. For the first time this season, the Red Devils pressed right in the opponent’s penalty area, continuously recovered the ball in the Palace half and really controlled the whole game.
Although it could no longer keep its impressive intensity for the rest of the match, it was enough to light up a ray of hope for the fans, about a Man Utd “changing flesh” under Rangnick’s hand. But, since then, they have gone from disappointment to disappointment, as the Red Devils returned to the image of a worn-out team and continuously put on bad performances.
It can be said that watching Man Utd play against Newcastle United or Wolves, one will hardly notice any big difference compared to the time of Solskjaer except that the defenders make less personal mistakes than before. The midfield still played inefficiently and completely lost control, the attack was sporadic, always showing a deadlock when deploying attacks. The problem became even more serious when Luke Shaw also implicitly admitted that the players were “strong enough to fight”.
Of course, there is no basis to criticize Rangnick, because he showed what he can do with a wonderful 30 minutes against Crystal Palace. Instead, the problem is the players themselves, but rather their superficial, personal attitude.
Instead of trying to press or compete for the ball, recently, many of Man Utd’s stars have always expressed disappointment if their teammates failed or when they were overwhelmed by the opponent. Besides, it is not difficult to see a big problem going on between Man United’s attacking players, they have almost no concept of coordination and just want to show their ability.
Needless to say, during the whole match against Wolves, Cristiano Ronaldo – who wore the captain’s armband and was considered the club’s best player, was not given any chance by his teammates. Of course, for a key player in the team like Luke Shaw to speak up, the situation has become extremely serious. And perhaps, Rangnick also knows what is his biggest challenge in the quest to revive Man Utd.