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Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick is already having an influence over Manchester United’s style


Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick is having an influence on Manchester United’s line-up BEFORE his official announcement as interim boss… as he notices change in pressing style just one minute into clash against Chelsea

  • Ralf Rangnick is set to be announced as Manchester United’s interim manager
  • Temporary boss Michael Carrick is still in charge for the trip to Chelsea
  • United surprisingly left Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench at Stamford Bridge
  • Gary Nevile felt the the line-up was chosen by the incoming interim boss
  • He also noticed their change of style just one minute into the clash 











Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick is already having an influence over Manchester United’s style of play – even before he officially joins the club.

Rangnick has reached an agreement with the Red Devils over taking over on an interim basis until the end of the season, before taking up a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick is still in temporary charge for United’s trip to Chelsea and there was a big shock before the game as it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo would start on the bench.

Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick had an influence in Manchester United's line-up against Chelsea

Gary Neville believes Ralf Rangnick had an influence in Manchester United’s line-up against Chelsea

United also chose a cautious looking midfield three consisting of Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic while Bruno Fernandes started up front with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford on the wings.

Neville who is not part of Sky Sports’ coverage for the game, tweeted that he felt the line-up was picked by incoming interim boss Rangnick.

He posted: ‘A lot of people having a go at Michael Carrick for dropping Ronaldo and picking that MDF (midfield). 

Gary Neville said he noticed a difference in United's style of play one minute into the game

Gary Neville said he noticed a difference in United’s style of play one minute into the game

Rangnick is still to be officially announced as United's new interim manager

Rangnick is still to be officially announced as United’s new interim manager

‘I’ve a feeling the the incoming manager has picked that team as it’s a huge departure from midweek and what they’ve been doing.’

After kick-off United showed immediate signs that they were looking to press Chelsea with intensity.

This didn’t go unnoticed by Neville who spotted the change straight away.

He tweeted: ‘Having watched 1 min i’m now convinced on influence on the team and style!’

League leaders Chelsea struggled to break Manchester United down in the first-half with the teams going into the break still level. 

There was a surprise before the game as Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench

There was a surprise before the game as Cristiano Ronaldo was left on the bench

Sky Sports pundits Roy Keane and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink spoke about United’s change in style during the half-time coverage.

United legend Keane said: ‘Maybe that’s the start to a new beginning for United but they need to keep it up and still do more when they’re in possession.’

Ex-Chelsea striker Hasselbaink said United’s approach was the right way to play the Blues.

He said: ‘You have to (play tactically) you can’t come here free-minded and you need to respect Chelsea. 

United appeared to show more intensity in their pressing in the clash against Chelsea

United appeared to show more intensity in their pressing in the clash against Chelsea

Nemanja Matic closes down Antonio Rudiger as the defender plays the ball

Nemanja Matic closes down Antonio Rudiger as the defender plays the ball

‘Right to keep pressure on them in their half and try keep the ball as far away from your goal as possible.’

Keane added that United needed to learn to pick the right times to press pointing out their recent humiliating defeats to Liverpool at Old Trafford (5-0) and away at Watford (4-1).

He said: ‘It’s picking when to press, don’t be silly like recently against Watford and Liverpool. Pick the right time to press.’



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