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Rangnick’s 2 mistakes and 2 right decisions against Atletico

16 Mar 2022 | 07:01 | Football

 Author Joseph McBride of the Daily Star said that coach Ralf Rangnick made both reasonable and wrong decisions in the match against Atletico Madrid.

Ralf Rangnick praises Elanga


1. Atlético’s trap

Unlike teams in La Liga, Atletico Madrid do not tend to have a lot of possession. They are ready to give up the stage for the opponent, defend tightly and wait for the opportunity to counterattack and finish the opponent. Coach Ralf Rangnick must also know this, but could not find an effective solution.

Rangnick's 2 mistakes and 2 right decisions against Atletico - Football

Atletico defended tightly before launching the decisive blow.

After the game, he admitted: “We knew our opponents were very good defensively. We had a chance or two in the second half but your goalkeeper played brilliantly. We totally accepted. aware that against this team you need to score the first goal yourself.”

And Man Utd did not do what the German teacher wanted. They created chances but could not convert to goals and lost at a sensitive moment of the game (end of the first half).

2. To lose easily

In just a moment of distraction, Man Utd paid a heavy price with a goal in this match. When several positions seemed to be waiting for the referee’s whistle after Anthony Elanga’s situation, the red shirt defense became disorganized and Atletico took advantage of the opportunity.

Rangnick's 2 mistakes and 2 right decisions against Atletico - Football

Lodi scored the only goal of the match.

Unable to score and lose easily, the Red Devils made it difficult for themselves and led to disappointing results. Author Joseph McBride wrote: “Man Utd should have been more vigilant when Joao Felix scored early in the game but was denied for offside. And they gave Atletico too much space while distracted looking at the referee. .”

*Sound decision

1. Give Fred the main kick

Fred continued to be given the main kick by coach Rangnick in the midfield of Man Utd and formed a familiar duo with Scott McTominay. The Brazilian player is positioned to kick higher and participate in the construction of the game for the Red Devils.

Rangnick's 2 mistakes and 2 right decisions against Atletico - Football

Fred played aggressively.

Author McBride commented that the use of Fred is reasonable and brings positive things to the Red Devils’ play: “Fred played prominently in the composition of Man Utd and made Atletico’s defense difficult. He wriggled in behind their defence with a neat skill, although then everything was blocked.”

Statistics show that Fred has 60 touches in 75 minutes on the field, has 2 successful dribbles, 6 duels and 1 correct tackle.

2. Pressing

Rangnick's 2 mistakes and 2 right decisions against Atletico - Football

Man Utd press effectively.

In the match against Atletico, the Red Devils showed a pressing style that is true to the football philosophy that Rangnick has built and pursued so far. Cristiano Ronaldo also actively clings – something that is rarely seen in the former Portuguese superstar. It seems that through each match, Man Utd players gradually get used to the rhythm and press more effectively. As a result, the Old Trafford team took the initiative, controlling 60% of the game.