Ralf Rangnick praises Mason Greenwood and may have got substitution wrong

Not many Manchester United players caught the eye in a positive way in the defeat to Wolves.

One who did was Mason Greenwood, who was the first player substituted on 58 minutes as United brought on Bruno Fernandes. Some United fans in the stadium booed the call.

Ralf Rangnick explained the decision quite concisely after the game, quoted by the MEN, in which he said he thought United would have more of a goal threat with Edinson Cavani on the pitch instead.

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Of course now we have the benefit of hindsight to tell us this did not work out well for United, and it seems Rangnick made the wrong decision.

Rangnick explained that he thought Greenwood played fairly well, commenting: “The question was shall I take off Mason or shall I take off Edi, that was the question

“We decided to keep Edi as the more offensive, the more striker of the two on the pitch. I take off Mason, that was my call.”

We could also have done it in a different way but it shows how highly how the fans like Mason as a homegrown player and, as I said, his effort and performance was not outstanding but at least he was one of the better players today.”

Greenwood was unlucky

An incisive sweeping pass forward from Greenwood early in the match was United’s brightest attacking moment, with Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo unleashed on goal. Sancho made the wrong choice to shoot and the chance came to nothing.

Greenwood was then ignored by Edinson Cavani later in the half when he was open in the penalty box, and these chances were ones United went on to rue.

The last two games Greenwood has started in a supporting role, with Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani up front, and while the veteran strikers performed outstandingly when partnered away at Tottenham a couple of months back, the last two games have been much more disappointing.

United have a decision to make for the next game when the team face Aston Villa, and it could be that Greenwood starts the next fixture, although his previous attempts to partner with Ronaldo have not been successful.

This is emblematic of United’s problems, whether it be up front, in defence, or midfield, there is no regular winning combination which seems to work.

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