Rangnick says he wants Manchester United to be more aggressive and may change formation

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick says he was particularly disappointed with the way the team failed to close down Joao Moutinho for Wolves’ goal.

For a manager who wants his team to press, this was the cardinal sin for the Red Devils players.

Rangnick told the club website: “Joao Moutinho could shoot, completely unmarked with no problems and no pressure at all.”

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Rangnick wants change

United do not have another game until next Monday against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

Rangnick said he does not mind the break, and wants to see a different United in the next match. He added that he is open to switching formation.

He explained: “I think that’s good [a week’s break]. We will try to make use of that and find the best possible formation and, as I have said, also the style of play.

“We need to be more aggressive on the ball and put more pressure on the other team when they are in possession of the ball.”

Midfield combination found wanting

United picked Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic against Burnley and they were excellent, but they were not so impressive against Wolves and came off second best.

Expect to see Fred back in the starting line-up when United take on Villa, and arguably he should have been on against Wolves. Donny van de Beek is also itching for an opportunity and has not started a Premier League game all season.

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As Rangnick mentions, trying to find a particular formation which works, is the challenge. So far, Rangnick’s preferred 4-2-2-2 has not clicked.

Against Newcastle in the second half United went with a 4-1-3-2, and a 4-4-2 against Burnley, and shifted throughout the game against Wolves.

Fitting the best players into one side may not be the answer, United need to build a team. And this may require a few new players.

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