What Ralf Rangnick first Man United team could look like

What Ralf Rangnick first Man United team could look like

Ralf Rangnick is a well respected football manager who has been instrumental both on and off the field of all activities Leipzig have made over recent years, with managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel regrading him as a ‘huge influence’ on their careers to date.

However, with the tough job he just inherited at Old Trafford, the 63-year-old will have some difficult decisions to make as he bids to change the fortunes of this United side who currently sit 8th in the Premier League.

Therefore, what can we expect from his first selection as the Red Devils boss?

High intensity, no nonsense

Regarded as the ‘godfather’ of the Gegenpress, the former Stuttgart head coach likes his teams to control the tempo of the game by getting in the faces of the opposition as we have seen implemented by many teams now, most successfully in recent years with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

With 25 years of experience behind the tactic, it would heavily sway towards this style with United, and players who do not adapt could see their game time restricted as a consequence.

Most notably only signing players aged 24 and younger whilst at Hoffenheim, much to their success, this be a great opportunity for the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood who still have lots of years of development ahead of them within game.

Who could potentially be cast aside?

Apparently, some older folks might loose their place in the squad. Players like Nemanja Matic, now aged 33, could be dropped and left wanting under the new manager Rangnick due to his play style.

The Serbian, who likes to sit deep and enable others ahead of him to damage teams could be replaced by more mobile midfielder options such as Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Fred who possess perhaps a little more urgency.

With his contract not set to expire until June 2023 it will be interesting too see how or even if the new Red Devil’s boss utilises the former Chelsea man to the best of his abilities.

Players that will most likely be favoured

For the past three years, United has maintained a traditional 4-2-3-1 set up under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer management. Giving the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes given attacking freedom to really get at teams with the quality they undoubtedly possess.

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However, with a switch to a more favoured 4-2-2-2 or a 4-3-3 maybe on the cards when Rangnick arrives, Donny van de Beek will surely be recalled and asked to do more across the midfield than we have seen since his arrival from Ajax in 2020.

The 24-year-old was terrific in the Ajax team alongside Frenkie de Jong back in the 2018/19 Champions League campaign, as they hurried and almost bullied teams despite their relatively young ages at the time.

Van de Beek and Fred could both prove key together in the heart of the Reds midfield, as tireless running and pressing could allow United to become a totally different team to the one we saw under the Norwegian over the past few years.

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