27 Dec 2021 | 02:07 | Soccer
Striker Marcus Rashford enjoys a new tactical experience and Man Utd’s progress under new coach Ralf Rangnick.
“Since before coming here, he has spent a lot of time analyzing the team and individuals, so he knows our strengths,” Rashford told Sky Sports. “Everything he’s doing is helping us to improve. Before, Man Utd always conceded a lot of goals and obviously that was the source of all the problems. Now, we work together more. We support each other, attack and defend together. That’s very important. It allows us to take less risk than we’ve created in recent matches.”
Rangnick was appointed to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Man Utd’s decline in the English Premier League. The German military leader is famous for his philosophy of pressure football, which requires energy, speed and teamwork. This is also a tactic being successfully applied by his fellow coaches such as Julian Nagelsmann, Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel at their clubs.
In the first three matches under Rangnick, Man Utd won Crystal Palace 1-0, Norwich 1-0 in the Premier League and drew 1-1 Young Boys in the Champions League. Due to many Covid-19 infections, Man Utd postponed two matches against Brentford and Brighton. Tonight, they come back with a trip to Newcastle in round 19 of the English Premier League.
“If you stay in your comfort zone, you will make mistakes. That’s what my brother taught me when I was young,” added Rashford. “Perhaps, at the academy level, everything is too easy. You have to push yourself and basically fight with yourself, to make yourself a better player. You need to step out of the zone. safe to achieve big things Man Utd’s style of play right now is completely different from what we’ve played in the past, but we like the challenge and are looking forward. “I’m not going to put my hand over my head and say we’ve worked hard. Everyone is supporting each other and very focused.”
Agreeing with Rashford, goalkeeper David De Gea shared: “The whole team is putting energy and speed on the training ground. Every training session is very intense and this is just the beginning. We have to show that. in the big games”.
Man Utd is in seventh place with 27 points after 16 matches. They are eight points behind fourth team Arsenal, but have played two fewer games. At the top, Man City leads with 47 points after 19 matches, while Liverpool and Chelsea both have 41 points.