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still no Rangnick effect in Manchester

A month after his arrival, Ralf Rangnick has yet to make his mark on Manchester United. His players were held in check on Monday against the penultimate Newcastle (1-1).

When Ralf Rangnick was inducted in front of the British media, one idea was central to his speech, mastery. “In football, everything depends on control, affirmed the technician. If you want to win games you have to be in control no matter if you have the ball or not».

After almost a month at the head of Manchester United, it is clear that the German has not yet managed to integrate this principle into these players. Yesterday, the Mancuniens were severely tossed about by Newcastle, 19th with a small victory in 19 games.

«A bunch of whiners»

In a real Premier League match, where the intensity unbalanced the two blocks, the “Red Devils” never had a stranglehold on the meeting. Newcastle could even have won, without a huge David De Gea, decisive twice.

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Seventh with a game behind fourth Arsenal, United offered a game unworthy of a Champions League contender. Gary Neville, consultant on Sky Sports, did not mince words after the draw at St James Park. “They haven’t done a single thing right, enraged the former defender. Not a single player can say that he did his job and they are complaining among themselves … It’s a bunch of whiners!»

Failed leaders

The legend of Mancun also went there from his commentary on the stars of the team. With Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes in the sights, transparent and apathetic this Monday. “They are the two oldest players. It’s devastating for young players when the top two players look at all the other players like they’re not good enough.»

On the other side of the field, the supposed bosses did not respond either. Maguire has still not regained his level of last season, while Varane is involved on the opposing goal. The hinge did not know how to impose the aggressiveness and the sharpness necessary to rub off on the other players. Rangnick confirmed this after the meeting. “It’s all about energy and physics on the second balloons. And in these areas, we were not at our best. We have to be able to win the duels.»

With the poor performance of these tauliers, the German relied on Edinson Cavani. Returning from an injury that had kept him away from the field since the end of October, the Uruguayan was decisive. Launched at half-time, the striker offered much more than his partners. He was even rewarded with the goal of the equalizer in the 71st. His second of the season, which brings back a point that Rangnick will be happy with. “This is a good thing, relativized the German. We must be better and not look for excuses“. His team will face Burnley, 18th Thursday. A great opportunity to finally show the “Rangnick football”.

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