Assessing Ralf Rangnick’s First Ten Matches in Charge of Manchester United
The German coach replaced Ole Gunnar Solkjaer at the end of November and was tasked with steadying the ship following a string of poor performances by United’s previous manager. Nearly two months into his tenure, Rangnick has instilled noticeable improvement in the first-team squad.
Manchester United look far more organized defensively and now utilize a more attacking counter press to win the ball back higher up the pitch. This change in style provides United more opportunities to control the game and thus the outcome. Additionally, his man-management of Ronaldo, Martial, and others gives the impression he has a good hold on the locker room atmosphere.
It is still early days for the interim coach, who is poised to take on a consultancy role following the conclusion of this season. The club can still make a champions league finish in the Premier League and is through to the knockout stages of this season’s FA Cup and Champions League. There is still a lot more football to be played, and if United keeps pace with this trajectory of improvement, there’s no reason this season can’t end on a high note.
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