Rangnick outlines where he wants Greenwood to improve

Mason Greenwood was Manchester United’s goalscorer in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys.

Greenwood opened the scoring with an impressive finish on his first start since the Manchester derby defeat.

Rangnick was asked about Greenwood at his post-match press conference and made it clear that he feels he has great technical ability but needs to improve physically.

He was also asked to compare Greenwood to Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, but said that they are different players with different skillsets.

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“Today, he showed – not only with the beautiful goal but also the way he set up Juan Mata, which was brilliant – he is a massive talent. Left foot, right foot, good on the ball,” said Rangnick when asked about Greenwood’s performance.

“Also the way he set up the goal for Fred on Sunday. But still it’s about continuity. He has to develop physically. Technically, for his age, he is a great player and my job is to make an athlete out of him. If he manages to do that, he can become a regular player for this club.”

To the question of how Greenwood compares with Haaland, he replied: “I don’t think we should compare. They are different kind of players and strikers. Erling is more physical.

“Mason is more of a nine-and-a-half. He can play as a striker but also come from the wing. He is very technical and sometimes he looks a little not on an athletic level and we have to develop him there physically. I am not worried about his technical level but we need to develop him physically and mentally to become the best version of himself.”

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Rangnick has a reputation for developing young talent so it is interesting to see what he has picked out about Greenwood already.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had enormous faith in Greenwood and as a former striker, was a great manager to learn from n terms of honing his finishing.

Rangnick is coming in with fresh eyes and it will be interesting to see the physical transformations he can help Greenwood make in his game.

The German will insist on pressing from the front and it will be interesting to see how Greenwood adapts to that, but a goal and an assist in Rangnick’s first two games are a good way to catch the new manager’s eye.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.