Manchester United began 2022 with a defeat as Ralf Rangnick’s side were beaten 1-0 at home to Wolves.
After the progress shown in the last game against Burnley, United were outplayed by a better, more organised team.
The reaction to United’s loss has been scathing, with new manager Ralf Rangnick receiving flak already.
Sky Sports analyst Jamie Redknapp tore into United’s performance, with the manager and players on the receiving end of criticism.
Redknapp told Sky Sports: “In the end he [Rangnick] was making up systems, there was no idea, no identity of how they were trying to play.
“United didn’t have any control of the midfield today, never once did they string passes to each other, take the sting out of the game, they were so poor today.”
United had lined up with the same midfield which started against Burnley, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. While they controlled that game, they were second best against Wolves.
Whether just outmatched, or not fresh enough, this was the key area United lost control of the game in, and Ralf Rangnick chose not to bring on Fred or Donny van de Beek.
United managed only two shots on target in 90 minutes, at home, which is an appalling number for a team contaning so much attacking talent.
Former United star Gary Neville vented his opinion on social media, criticising what he had just seen.
Rangnick era yet to get off the ground
This was the first time Ralf Rangnick had managed United against a team in the top half of the Premier League table and it was a failure.
United were outmatched and outplayed, and while the players he has at his disposal are not his choice, there seems to be little positive sign of progress.
The team seem to veer from one system to another from game to game, often during games, and there is no real evidence of the high pressing style Rangnick is famed for.
It feels like another rebuild is needed, which says a lot about the poor way this squad has been constructed. With the transfer window open, United have an opportunity to make some improvements. This match showed there is lots to do, and little time to waste.
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