Ralf Rangnick: Why I started Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic vs Everton

Ralf Rangnick: Why I started Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic vs Everton

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has explained why he started Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic against Everton today.

Man United will look to advance their top-four hopes when they face The Toffees at lunchtime away from home.

The German tactician dropped Paul Pogba and Anthony Elanga to the bench against Everton after the pair underperformed against Leicester City last time out.

Rangnick said he benched Pogba for Matic because the Serbian midfielder is one of the best at United at keeping possession of the ball.

While he also said he dropped Elanga for Rashford, who will become the youngest Man United player to make 200 Premier League appearances today, because the England always performs well in training.

On Pogba’s decision, Rangnick told MUTV: “I had to choose between him [Matic] and Pogba and I decided to start with Nemanja, as a holding six he’s one of the best players we have in possession of the ball so that’s why I went with him.”

Ralf Rangnick explains why he started Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic vs Everton
Ralf Rangnick explains why he started Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic vs Everton

On Rashford, the German tactician said: “As always he [Marcus Rashford] trained well that’s why I decided to have him in the starting XI today.”

It’s a crucial game for Manchester United in their top-four hunt and Ralf Rangnick has urged his boys to play aggressively in order to get the better of Everton.

“We need the best possible balance of being compact against the ball and still having enough offensive players on the pitch to dominate and create chances,” Rangnick added.

“In a game like this it’s about desire and will to win, being aggressive as we can be and doing a lot of runs and sprints.”