Rio Ferdinand explains why Fred can be so crucial under Ralf Rangnick
Rio Ferdinand says he believes the organisation Ralf Rangnick has brought to Manchester United will allow Fred to continue to flourish.
Fred scored Manchester United’s winning goal against Crystal Palace at the weekend to get the Ralf Rangnick reign off to a winning start.
The positive signs were easy to see in Rangnick’s first game, with United dominating possession and keeping a clean sheet at Old Trafford.
Fred’s goal was a positive and welcome surprise – just his sixth in a Manchester United shirt since joining in 2018.
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand was impressed with his performance, and praised his self-confidence.
Speaking on Vibe With Five, Ferdinand said: “What you do get with Fred, is a mentality you’d love to get in any young kid. He don’t hear the noise. He just goes out there and plays.”
Ferdinand explained how the system Rangnick is bringing to United, the 4-2-2-2 formation, will benefit the Brazilian midfielder in comparison to previous bosses.
He said: “The biggest problem was he was jumping out of the team shape. He’d see a ball and just go, not think about what was behind him. In that position where he plays in front of back four you need that awareness. He never had that.
“Now with the team so structured, if he does go, other players will fill in because there’s an understanding and they’ll be tactically more aware.”
United have just played one game over Rangnick, and it’s important not to get carried away. Crystal Palace were not the most ambitious of opponents, nor were they very clinical with the chances they created.
Nonetheless, United supporters have been starved of reasons to be positive over the past two months, so seeing Rangnick come in and immediately leave an imprint on the team after just two training sessions, was very positive to see.
United are in action tonight in the Champions League against Young Boys, with qualification and group top spot already sewn up.
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