Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has rather blamed his side’s lack of physicality than the formation after a poor display against Newcastle United.
Man United put out what many described as a horrid performance against the Magpies, who are battling to remain in the Premier League this term.
United went behind in the 7th minute after Saint-Maximin capitalised from a Raphael Varane error. Late in the second half, Edinson Cavani scored the equaliser from what was United’s best chance against Newcastle that has conceded over 40 goals so far in the league, embarrassing!
It was obvious that the Red Devils showed no desire, whatsoever, in winning the ball higher up the pitch in both halves, let alone control the game, something Rangnick himself accepts.
Manchester United players looked lost on the pitch, were in a shambles, to say the least, and many fans would easily accuse Ralf Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 formation of the disarray though Harry Maguire claims United’s lack of pressing against Newcastle was because some of the first team players are still recovering from COVID-19.
The German boss has defended his formation, insisting that United’s poor performance was rather a lack of physicality, aggressiveness.
“Today was not a question of body language, it was a question of body physicality,” Rangnick said.
“If you want to be competitive here you have to get physical and this was not the case in many parts of the game.
“Our biggest problem was the mistakes we made. Even when we scored the equaliser we were not really controlling the game and taking the right decisions.
“Today it was not a question of formation – it was a question of how aggressive we were.
“We shouldn’t look for excuses – we need to be better and get more physical. I was not happy with our performance with the ball or when we had to press. What kind of energy mode do we play with the ball and without the ball?”
Manchester United will welcome Burnley at Old Trafford on December 30 and the Red Devils will look to bounce back to winning ways.
United haven’t lost a game since their 4-1 defeat to Watford last month, having come up against the likes of Chelsea, Villarreal and Arsenal.