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Ralf Rangnick questions Manchester United’s physical character, but talkSPORT said the Red Devils were like ‘Leeds at their worst’ and lacked ‘structure’, as they did under Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer


Ralf Rangnick questioned the physical character of his players as Manchester United could only manage a draw at Newcastle.

The German lost his first points in charge of the Red Devils, who fought to a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park.

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The abject Red Devils were saved by the arrival of Edinson Cavani’s poacher

Newcastle have acquitted themselves brilliantly and have often beaten the visitors on second ball, with Old Trafford legend Gary Neville calling some of the Man United players ‘roller bags’ at halftime.

Rangnick hasn’t really attacked players like Neville, but suggested there was an issue with the way Man United applied physically.

Asked about the performance, Rangnick said, “I didn’t like it at all. Like I said, we try to control the matches better and today we don’t control the game except for a few moments.

“It’s all about the energy, the physique and who wins the second ball in the moments of transition. In all of these areas we were not at our best today.

Ralf Rangnick questions Manchester United’s physical character, but talkSPORT said the Red Devils were like ‘Leeds at their worst’ and lacked ‘structure’, as they did under Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer

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If Rangnick didn’t know the scale of the task at Old Trafford, he certainly knows it now.

“In the end, we scored a point. This is a good thing, but the overall performance needs to improve…

“Today it wasn’t about body language, it was about body – physicality. Body language isn’t much of an issue today.

“If we want to be competitive on this pitch, we have to play physically. We have to get physical. That was not the case in many parts of the game and so we were in trouble.

“I think our problem was the mistakes. We gave the ball away – when in possession too many balls were given away.

“Even in the second half we equalized and they had two or three injured players but we weren’t in control of the game. We made bad decisions at those times and that’s what it is. “

Ralf Rangnick questions Manchester United’s physical character, but talkSPORT said the Red Devils were like ‘Leeds at their worst’ and lacked ‘structure’, as they did under Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer

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Man United looked slow on their first outing in 16 days

But talkSPORT’s Perry Groves and Jason Cundy believe it was a problem with the way Rangnick set up the squad, saying it was like watching Leeds when they were playing at their worst.

Groves added that the performance seemed to be like what it was when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still in charge.

“It was supposed to be 4-2-2-2, sometimes it was 4-2-4, most of the time in possession it was 2-4-4,” Groves told Sports Bar.

“I couldn’t see the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanted the team to play, I couldn’t see the structure. And there was no structure for Manchester United there [against Newcastle].

Ralf Rangnick questions Manchester United’s physical character, but talkSPORT said the Red Devils were like ‘Leeds at their worst’ and lacked ‘structure’, as they did under Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer

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It was difficult to determine what Rangnick wanted Man United players to do in points

“It wasn’t a lack of effort. It was a lack of cohesion, a lack of structure. They wanted to press but it was like watching Leeds play at their worst.

Cundy interjected, “It was chaos there!” At least Leeds is playing with more structure.

“If it was a performance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he would have been absolutely downcast,” added Groves.

“Harry Maguire is not going to like to play that way. He’s going to be left man for man and if you play against them I would leave two up front. You are one step away from breaking through their midfield because there is no protection at all. The two full-backs continue.

“They were a mess tonight.”




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