Ralf Rangnick’s training ‘masterpiece’ as he spreads Manchester United message
Ray Parlor thinks the way Ralf Rangnick got his message across in such a short time as Manchester United manager is a “masterpiece”.
Rangnick had to be patient to take his place in the dugout due to Covid-19 and visa issues, with Michael Carrick leading the team against Arsenal last week.
But the German, with limited training time due to Thursday’s game against Arsenal, was able to steer his side to a consistent 4-2-2-2 form, a different system than many current players are. accustomed.
And Parlor was hugely impressed with how quickly United players seemed to understand their role within the new system.
“The way you get this through so quickly is a masterpiece, to me,” Parlor said on talkSPORT. “Because they look like they’ve been playing for most of the season, the way they’ve been playing.
“The 4-2-2-2 is the formation he played with Leipzig when they had a lot of success, so he will continue with that.”
Parlor added: “The full-backs bombed, they defended when they had to, I thought Fred and McTominay were excellent in central midfield. They covered people when they had to.
“Palace are a good team now, I like the way Patrick has the way Palace play, so it was not an easy game for Manchester United, but maybe they should have scored a few more goals.”
United beat Palace with a late strike from Fred, sweeping home a curling finish with his right foot from outside the penalty area. It was their best performance in a long time, especially in the first half when Rangnick’s famous high press had a major impact on the proceedings.
And Parlor also noticed another development on the touchline: the increased presence of Darren Fletcher.
“Darren Fletcher was heavily involved in the dugout area which he wasn’t with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he was still in the stands as technical director so he might have a lot more to say now, which was a big, big player for Manchester United, so he could have a big role to play.”
Rangnick will lead his United side in their final Champions League group stage game against Young Boys on Wednesday night.
And with Arsenal’s loss to Everton on Monday, United have already moved up to sixth in the Premier League, just three points behind West Ham and the top four.