Ralf Rangnick reveals instructions he gave Sancho and Elanga that paid off vs Brighton

Ralf Rangnick reveals instructions he gave Sancho and Elanga that paid off vs Brighton

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed the instructions he gave his wingers and fullbacks that paid off against Brighton and Hove Albion.

It was a tough mountain to climb for Man United against The Seagulls, given the form Brighton entered at Old Trafford with.

The visitors had not lost in their last eight Premier League matches, before finally succumbing to a sceptical Manchester United side.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the second half and Bruno Fernandes scored the second goal in the last minute of the game, with Paul Pogba providing the assist to the latter.

The Red Devils could have scored more goals before 75 minutes of the game but poor finishing played their part.

Ralf Rangnick said he told his wingers (Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga) to press on Brighton’s centre-backs in order to allow Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot press on the visitors’ fullbacks.

The tactics paid off in the second half when Lewis Dunk was shown a straight red card after a challenge on Elanga.

Rangnick said shortly after the match: “We told our two wingers to attack centre-backs so our full-backs could jump to their full-backs.

“That paid off with Elanga and the red card. We should have killed off the game much earlier. We were not lethal enough.”

On Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant goal, the German boss said: “It was an amazing goal and also a good performance from Cristiano.

Ralf Rangnick was pleased with David de Gea and explains tactics vs Brighton
Ralf Rangnick was pleased with David de Gea and explains tactics vs Brighton

“He was always trying to help his team-mates. In the last weeks, definitely the best performance from him.”

David de Gea made a big save in the first half to keep Manchester United in the game. Watch it here.

Ralf Rangnick was pleased with the Spaniard’s effort and hailed him as one of the best goalies in the world.

On David de Gea, Rangnick told BBC: “In the last 10-12 games, that has happened a few times.

“Brilliant save from Jakub Moder and that is why we have one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”