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Ralf Rangnick tells Manchester United players pressing is the ONLY way forward

Ralf Rangnick tells Manchester United pressing is the ONLY way forward as he urges his players to accept they have to show more intensity and energy

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  • German has so far failed to get his players to follow his Gegenpressing approach 
  • Manchester United host Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Monday
  • Winner gets to play at home against Middlesbrough in the fourth round 


Ralf Rangnick has told his players that a pressing game is the only way forward for Manchester United, and they must be ready to deliver exactly what he wants.

Rangnick arrived as United’s interim manager with a reputation as the godfather of gegenpressing in Germany, but there has been little evidence of it apart from the first half of his first game against Crystal Palace.

As the 63-year-old prepares for his seventh match in charge, against Aston Villa in the FA Cup tonight, he stressed the importance of the players meeting his demands.

Ralf Rangnick’s interim manager at Manchester United has been underwhelming so far

‘This is the only way we can compete at this level,’ said Rangnick.

‘Whenever you watch games, even if it’s not the top teams, they play with intensity, physicality, energy and they sprint.

‘This is what we have to do. We have to develop into this kind of team.

Rangnick has told his players that a pressing game is the only way forward for United

Rangnick has told his players that a pressing game is the only way forward for United

Much as they did under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have lacked intensity under Rangnick

Much as they did under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United have lacked intensity under Rangnick 

‘As I said after the first game against Crystal Palace, we showed at least in the first half a lot of those things and it’s about implementing this into the team. This is our job.

‘We have to develop the players and identify for each game the players who are willing and able to do that and to deliver exactly what we spoke about.

‘The pressure is on at a club like Manchester United. I’m pretty sure that the players are aware of that. The team is able to dominate games, to win games.’

United captain Harry Maguire has admitted he and his team-mates must raise their standards

United captain Harry Maguire has admitted he and his team-mates must raise their standards

When Rangnick spent a year studying in England and played for non-League Southwick more than 40 years ago, his farewell present from team-mates was a ticket to the 1980 FA Cup final between West Ham and Arsenal.

He added: ‘I’ve always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup. 

‘For me, it’s a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team.’



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