Manchester United’s attacking play praised by Ralf Rangnick after 3-1 win over Burnley | Football News

Ralf Rangnick described Manchester United’s first-half attacking play against Burnley as the best of his reign so far and explained the tactical and staffing changes he made to bring it about.

United took a 3-0 lead against Burnley in 35 minutes Thursday night and although Aaron Lennon recovered one for the visitors, United are now four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with one game down. .

Interim boss Rangnick attributed that first-half electric performance to six changes made to his lineup following the disappointing draw against Newcastle on Monday and a move away from the 4-2-2-2 he used previously.

“Was the first half the best since he arrived at the club? Offensively I would say yes. Every time we had the ball in their half we did the things we intended to do, finding the right points and spaces, facing the players in one-on-one situations., “He said.

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“After the first goal, we scored, we were in control but then we gave away a goal. Every time the ball has been in our half there is still room for improvement but in attack that was the best performance so far.

“It was about fresh legs, fresh energy, fresh bodies, more physicality against this team. We knew how difficult they were going to be, how persistent they were going to play and it was a bit of a war of attrition, a bit of a hard one to play, so for it was important for me to have six fresh players on the pitch compared to the Newcastle game.

“In the end it paid off. They were the right players in the right positions. For me it was important to have every player in their best possible position. That’s why we decided to play with Jadon. [Sancho] from left and Mason [Greenwood] from the right and the two strikers in front and we decided to play the two sixes like them.

“We had Nemanja [Matic] in the team as a kind of full-back who can also calm the game and play passes from that position. Scotty [McTominay], once again, his energy on the pitch is positively contagious. Scotty’s was an extremely good performance today. “

Manchester United took control after Burnley's quick start
Manchester United took control after Burnley’s quick start

Rangnick also revealed that he and his coaching staff had made the decision to select man of the match and top scorer McTominay on Thursday afternoon due to an injury the Scotsman had been carrying since Monday night.

“We only decided at 2pm this afternoon that he would play because he still had some ankle problems that he suffered at Newcastle,” said Rangnick. “It was nice to have him available in the team.

At half-time the doctor on our team told me that he would have difficulty in the second half with the level of pain, so it was important to have him on the team and in the end he could play the whole 92, 93 minutes.

“He was a very important player for us today. We played a 4-4-2 in defense and a 4-2-4 in attack and so it was important to have him and Nemanja as the two sixes playing next to each other. “.

Scott McTominay scores for Man Utd against Burnley
Man of the match Scott McTominay had been a late fitness doubt for Man Utd

Body language

In a post-match interview with Amazon, McTominay claimed Rangnick had imposed the law on United players on their shoddy body language against Newcastle. Gary Neville of Sky Sports had called them “hamlets”.

Rangnick’s intervention had the desired effect and the acting boss explained why it is so important.

“In team sports, it is always important that you are convinced of what you are doing,” he said. “In Newcastle it was a difficult game for us, we were 1-0 down after seven minutes and they did well.

“We didn’t play well, especially in the first half at Newcastle and the reaction to what is happening on the pitch is the question. Do we react? Do we show them that we are still a team and believe in ourselves? Or do we shake our heads?

“This kind of thing only helps the other team and hurts our own team. It was clear to me to tell them, ‘listen, we behave and work as a team and we don’t show these kinds of side effects on the pitch.’

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