2 right decisions and 2 mistakes of Rangnick against Brentford

20 Jan 2022 | 04:17 | Football

Daily Star author Joseph McBride has analyzed the tactical decisions of coach Ralf Rangnick in the match against Brentford.

1. Trust Elanga

Anthony Elanga was given the starting position by coach Ralf Rangnick from the match against Aston Villa last weekend. And it was that impressive performance that helped the young Swedish star score with the German teacher to continue to play from the beginning in the encounter with Brentford.

Elanga scored the opening goal of the match.

Elanga scored the opening goal of the match.

Elanga makes men like Marcus Rashford or even Anthony Martial sit on the bench. Then with his talent, number 36 satisfied Man Utd fans with a goal to break the deadlock after Fred’s delicate pass. Elanga moved smart, received the ball just enough and headed close to the net to hit the Bees’ net.

2. Give McTominay a new quest

Scott McTominay returns to Man Utd’s main squad after suspension against Villa. In the match against Brentford, coach Rangnick created a small surprise when he assigned the task of intercepting and supporting the defense to McTominay. Fred was raised a bit to share the fire with Bruno Fernandes in the role of game designer.

McTominay had an impressive performance.

McTominay had an impressive performance.

This adjustment was effective when the three midfielders of the Red Devils played well in this match and made an important contribution to the final 3-1 victory of the home team. McTominay had two possessions from the opponent’s feet to launch two phases leading to the second and third goals. Fred assisted Elanga to open the scoring. And Bruno was the one to make 2 assists for Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford to score.


1. Weak counterattack

Man Utd spent 45 minutes of the first half in fear. Despite holding the ball more, the Red Devils’ loose defense created conditions for the Bees to have dangerous counter-attacks. The striped team launched 8 shots (3 on target) and only David De Gea’s talent could help Rangnick’s army not concede a goal.

Man Utd's defense has not yet brought peace of mind.

Man Utd’s defense has not yet brought peace of mind.

The mobility of Bryan Mbeumo and the dangerous shots of Mathias Jensen made Man Utd fans many times heartbroken. Realizing the instability in the home team’s defense, the German captain decided to bring Harry Maguire and Nemanja Matic into the field in the second half of the second half.

2. Portuguese duo

In the summer of last year, when news that Cristiano Ronaldo would arrive at Old Trafford, many people were looking forward to the reunion of the two stars of the Portuguese team at Man Utd. However, according to Joseph McBride’s assessment, in the match against Brentford, the duo Ronaldo and Bruno were not very effective.

Ronaldo played somewhat faintly in the match against Brentford.

Ronaldo played somewhat faintly in the match against Brentford.

The author of the Daily Star site said that coach Rangnick should consider the cause as well as offer a solution for this duo. Because, after nearly 65 minutes of rolling the ball, Ronaldo and Bruno had a smooth coordination situation (in the settlement phase that led to the goal to increase the score to 2-0).


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