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Ralf Rangnick admits there is a ‘profile missing’ at Man United – Man United News And Transfer News



Manchester United’s manager Ralf Rangnick said his team are ‘listening’ to his philosophy ahead of Monday evening’s FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference this afternoon, Rangnick was asked if the squad were buying into his philosophy.

‘They are at least trying. I’m sure they are listening,’ he said.

‘I think we showed in the last games against Palance and Burnley and in parts against Newcastle and Norwich that they’re trying to follow the advice we give. We conceded less goals than before. 0.6 in those games. But it is about balance, we need to find the best possible balance between offence and defence.

‘I can only tell you about the squad, the players, the locker room, the coaching staff. Everybody was very disappointed not only about result but also the performance. We have four days of training before Aston Villa, my job is to make sure we show a different performance.’

Rangnick also responded to questions about dressing room unrest and players wanting to leave.

‘When you have a big squad and only 10 field players can play and three being substituted, you have quite a number of players who don’t play and are not being in the squad.

‘Those players are not happy about that situation, it is clear.

I attempt to explain to the players every two or three weeks why they’re not playing, but I can’t do it every week.

‘We have players’ contracts expiring in summer, one or two wanting to leave.

‘It is up to the players to deal with the situation in a professional way”

‘Every player has opportunity to show up in training.

‘As far as I can tell so far the players are dealing with it in a professional way. If I realise this is not the case I’ll address with players directly.’

Rangnick was also asked about the problem area of midfield and he admitted that there is an area in which United do not have cover.

‘It doesn’t help if there is a profile missing,’ he said.

‘We need to work with the players we have. We have shown we are able to keep clean sheets with these players, but it’s what we’re doing with and without the ball.’

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Ralf Rangnick criticises Marcus Rashford in shocking press conference – Man United News And Transfer News




Marcus Rashford’s form and work rate was put under scrutiny during Ralf Rangnick’s press conference yesterday ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Aston Villa.

When asked whether he felt his United team have an ‘elite mentality’, Rangnick singled Rashford out for criticism.

‘If one of our players wasn’t giving his very best and putting his all into it, I would address that to him, you can be sure of that,’ he said.

‘So far I haven’t seen that, but still, with the some players they start well and slow off a little.

‘If we speak about Marcus Rashford for example, I think in the first twenty minutes of the game against Aston Villa he was good, on fire and was constantly involved.

‘But then after that, he didn’t play on the same kind of energetic level that he did in the first half-hour.

‘Of course we need to speak about that because he cannot do that regularly.

‘Does he need a helping hand? What does it take?’

The England man looked a dejected figure on Monday, leading to reporters asking the boss whether he should be rested from the team.

‘He is trying to give his very best and he does show that in training,’ the boss replied.

‘There have been a couple of training sessions over the past few weeks when he has performed at the highest level and that is why I always give him the chance to play again.

‘As long as he does that, he will always make my list to be involved within the starting XI. Of course, it’s about showing that on a regular basis and continuously playing at a high level.

‘For him though, like anyone else, there is still room for improvement.’

The manager is taking a risk by singling out a player and questioning his mentality in this way. It could motivate the 24 year old to pull his socks up and show everyone he is committed, but it could have the opposite effect, further undermining his confidence and his happiness.

Whether Rashford will have the opportunity to address the criticism in today’s match against the same opponents will become clear when the team is announced at 4.30pm.

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Ralf Rangnick explains Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek loan and transfer situation – Man United News And Transfer News




Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick says he wants Donny van de Beek and Dean Henderson to stay at the club for the rest of this season but that both would like to get game time.

Speaking at today’s press conference ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Villa Park to play Aston Villa, the manager said:

‘I told [Henderson] that I’d like him to stay because he’s a fantastic goalkeeper.

‘Yesterday in training he made a couple of fantastic saves, I’d really like to have him on board as one of three top goalkeepers that we have.

‘I fully understand he wants to play because he’s at an age where as a goalkeeper you should regularly play, but on the other hand we’re still in three competitions so we need the two or three goalkeepers we have right now.

‘I told him that.’

‘[Donny] is the same situation as it is with Dean.

‘I’m glad to have him in the squad. He came on for the last 15-20 minutes in the cup game and did well.

‘He’s always performing at a high level in training.

‘For him I had a conversation with him a couple of weeks ago.

‘I advised him to stay until the end of the season.

‘And then of course with the World Cup coming up in the winter he wants to play World Cup for his country, and Louis van Gaal told him to be a regular starter in the World Cup, he needs to regularly play for his team.

‘We have a lot of competition in our squad in those positions.’

The manager’s words suggested that he was not insisting that either player stays, leaving the door open for a January move.

Rangnick also confirmed that both Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo should be available for tomorrow’s game.

‘I think they will be available,’ he said.

‘They only trained yesterday for the first time, Cristiano trained today, Harry I think the day before yesterday

‘So as it seems now, we have to wait for the final training session this afternoon but they should be available for tomorrow.

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Donny van de Beek expected to start: predicted Man United XI vs Aston Villa – Man United News And Transfer News




Manchester United will be without Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw for their Premier League clash against Aston Villa in Birmingham tomorrow.

The pair are suspended having each accumulated five yellow cards.

United boss Ralf Rangnick admitted after Monday’s FA Cup tie against the same side that he had learned United need to play with three in midfield, praising the impact of Donny van de Beek, who came on as sub in the 70th minute.

Those two facts, plus those that McTominay is suspended and Paul Pogba remains absent, would suggest that the midfield will almost pick itself, with Nemanja Matic, Fred and Van de Beek the only three recognised central midfielders available.

On the other hand, Rangnick could spring a surprise and play Bruno Fernandes in the number eight position that he made his own at Sporting Lisbon, but that’s probably unlikely away from home.

In defence, Diogo Dalot has probably done enough to keep the right back slot ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles will almost certainly deputise for Luke Shaw on the left flank.

At centre back, captain Harry Maguire is fit again and will probably return alongside Raphael Varane, although on current form both Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones might feel that they should start ahead of the England man.

Jones was reportedly neither injured nor dropped but ‘rested’ on Monday night and is in contention for a recall.

Rangnick tends to like a twin striker system so given that he will adopt a 3-man midfield, he could play a single number 10 behind two strikers. If fit, Cristiano Ronaldo will probably return alongside Edi Cavani, with Bruno, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho behind them.

A front three of Ronaldo, Cavani and Fernandes seems unlikely as it lacks pace, so it could mean that Bruno is consigned to the bench again for this tie.

Sancho has been carrying a knock and Rashford was very poor last time out so Greenwood should get the call.

If either Ronaldo or Cavani are absent, we think it’s more likely that Fernandes will stay in the number ten position, with one of the younger, faster players up front.

With all that in mind, here is our predicted starting XI for tomorrow’s game:

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