Manchester United have made a new coaching hire.

The club have announced the appointment of Eric Ramsay to the first team coaching set up.

Ramsay will ‘work one-on-one with individual players and also take ownership over training on the side’s set-plays’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “We’ve been fortunate enough to convince Eric Ramsay to come and join the best club in the world and in the country.

“We’re excited. He’s young, fresh and with new ideas, an innovative coach.”

Ramsay was working with Chelsea’s under-23 side before moving to United and previously with Shrewbury Town.

Manchester United Pre-Season Training Session
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This could be a significant appointment

United appear to have acted smartly to try and solve a problem area.

Solskjaer said Ramsay will be ‘in charge of set pieces’.

 

United conceded too many goals from set pieces last season including in the Europa League final against Villarreal.

There were also goals conceded at home to Liverpool, Everton and AC Milan from free-kicks played into the box, and against City in the Carabao Cup semi-final. All of these were in the second half of the season alone.

Manchester United conceded 14 goals from set pieces in the Premier League in 20/21 alone – the second highest in the division

United have the defensive talent with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof impressing at the Euros. There could be another addition at the back too in the transfer window.

So it was quite obvious that the repetitive ways of conceding these goals was a deeper lying problem which needed a fresh pair of coaching eyes to address.

Manchester United v Manchester City - Carabao Cup Semi Final
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Ramsay’s progress in this area will be judged on the pitch, but it feels like United can’t get worse. It will be a relief to try and cut out the type of needless goals United conceded too frequently last season.

He will also be able to help from an attacking standpoint too. The likes of Maguire and Lindelof offered little in front of goal from set pieces last season.

This could potentially become a significant hire for United. The results will show whether it works or not and whether Ramsay is the right individual to implement improvement, but the club deserve credit for trying to fix it.

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