Scott McTominay shares first impressions of Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick is preparing for his first away match in charge of Manchester United, against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Ahead of that game, Sky Sports have interviewed Scott McTominay and asked him for his first impressions of Rangnick’s reign so far.

McTominay said that they have been good so far, and mentioned adjustments Rangnick has made to the schedule and some of his tactical ideas which have already taken root.

The Scotland international started Rangnick’s first game in charge against Crystal Palace but was given the night off for the 1-1 draw with Young Boys.

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“The new manager’s been really, really good, with his schedule, making sure we have enough sleep and the times we’re in, we’ve got enough time to prepare,” said McTominay of Rangnick.

“First impressions, obviously from the result against Crystal Palace, the intensity and the ball recoveries, it’s going to be really, really good and interesting. Very firm, very driven, he knows what he wants in meetings he’s very very clear.

“If players aren’t doing what you’re asking, he’s not shy to tell them. First impressions are very, very good. First impressions are amazing but we’ve barely had a week. We’re listening and learning to do well with his ideas to help us win games.

“Every team in the Premier League presses the middle of the pitch with the greatest intensity, look at Liverpool. Most regains leading to goals will be through the middle of the pitch, little passes which get intercepted and things like that.”

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As McTominay eludes to, it is early days but it is clear Rangnick is already putting his own stamp on things at Old Trafford.

Things like adjusting the schedule to allow for better sleep are things which fans will not often get much insight into, but the marginal improvements may help United progress.

The important thing is that the players buy into what he is trying to do and it sounds like Rangnick is clear and forthright with his demands.

The proof will be in the pudding but McTominay has the physicality and energy to adjust to the German’s high-pressing style of play.

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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.