RALF RANGNICK admits that Manchester United’s struggling players are restless in trying to play a game of pressure.
“They don’t want to make any changes,” said club legend Paul Schulz, tearing up the Red Devils’ work rate after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Interim boss Ranginik, whose side host Brighton said Tuesday night: “It’s important that we choose the right moments to keep the press moving.
“Even if that’s not possible, stay compact and don’t make it easy to play outside.
“Quite simply, some of them were almost restless in the transitional moments.
“We weren’t ready at the right time and then we were saying ‘oh I should have been pressed’, and then one or two steps back too late to give the other team a place in the counter attack.
“It’s not just a matter of strategy, it’s a matter of being careful and cautious that it’s not possible anymore, so just stay in position.
“Keep your shape, keep your formation and make it difficult for the other team to play through our lines.”
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Cents boss Ralph Hessen-Hitler criticized United’s performance off the ball, saying: “It’s no secret that when United loses the ball, their reverse gear is not very good.”
When asked about Hessen Hotel’s comments, Ranginak added: “What he said was that we are not a naturally occurring press team, with a lot of players putting pressure on its DNA. Is normal
“They haven’t been doing that in the last two years and it’s hard to turn it into pressure all the time during the season.”
United could advance to the top four with a win over the Seagulls at Old Trafford, but Saturday’s draw was the third game in a row to take the lead.
It has damaged the confidence and confidence of the players, with Ranginik asking the club’s psychologist Sasha Lens for help in resolving the issue.
Ranginik added: “When you recognize equality, it affects the minds of the players. We should be ahead 3-0 or 4-0 and suddenly it becomes 1-1.
“It affects the mindset of the players. They are humans, not robots. I talked to Sasha about it and we talk to the players one by one about why.”
Ranginak also thinks that the new system is difficult for under fire defender Harry McGuire.
“The way we are playing is new to them because they are used to playing in the back three in the English national team,” he said.
“And here at Manchester United, (he) was in the last four but still not very active and always on the front foot when trying to defend.
“It’s new to her and it will take time for her to get used to it and adjust.”
United are fifth after a string of draws, and Ranginak admits the fourth is the best they can aim for.
Seven points behind third-placed Chelsea, he said: “Right now the fourth place is exactly what Manchester United needs and wants. This is the biggest achievement we can have.”
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