Manchester United conceded the second highest number of set piece goals in the Premier League in 2020/21 with 14.
With even more conceded in cup competitions including in the Europa League final and Carabao Cup semi-final, it was clear the situation needed to be addressed.
United are giving it a go. The club website report United have hired Eric Ramsay to be the specialist individual and set piece coach.
Ramsay is one of the most highly rated young coaches in the UK and joins from Chelsea’s under-23s.
Cause for celebration
United’s decision to address this problem comes as a welcome and potentially significant boost.
The reaction among the fanbase has been notable for such a low-key hire.
Training Ground Guru report Ramsay was ‘highly regarded’ at Chelsea and is the youngest individual from Britain to gain a UEFA pro coaching licence.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told United’s website he regards Ramsay as ‘innovative’ and says he will take charge at set pieces.
The club deserve credit for trying something different and attempting to fix what had become a serious problem.
United are expected to improve the defence with the possible addition of Raphael Varane this summer too, with The MEN reporting the club are confident of a deal.
The coaching hire of Eric Ramsay could be just as important in it’s own way, and we should expect the team to be a lot more solid this season.
With the 2020/21 season difference between success and failure coming down to such fine margins, hiring a coach like Ramsay could end up helping to tip the balance towards winning silverware again. It’s a piece of the puzzle United have needed to get right.
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