Manchester United captain Harry Maguire revealed the changes that Ralf Rangnick has brought in since arriving at the club.
After dismissing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Red Devils hierarchy decided to appoint Ralf Rangnick as an interim manager until the end of this season. The German boss initially faced a challenge to assemble his squad and bring the best out of his resources. But, over the last couple of games, the Old Trafford outfit have shown glimpses of improvement.
Speaking with the United Review, Maguire stated that the German boss has brought his principles to the club which is different from the former manager. The club captain also said that the first thing that the 63-year-old has worked on since arriving at the club is to tighten up the defence, which is apparent as they have conceded fewer goals since the departure of Solskjaer.
The Englishman feels that they still have a lot to improve upon and making most of the possession is one of them. Maguire said:
“I think there are lots of different principles that he’s brought into the club. But, for sure, we haven’t conceded as many goals, we haven’t conceded as many chances. It’s team effort; it’s not a back-four effort, or a goalkeeping effort [alone]. It’s a team effort. Our lives are a little bit easier from the way that they [the midfielders and forwards] are working and covering spaces in front of us, so it’s a huge effort from us all.
“But I think there’s still a lot to improve on, especially with the ball now. We’ve got to make sure that we carry a little bit more of a threat with the ball and look after the ball a bit better than we have done in recent weeks.”
Although Ralf Rangnick possesses an abundance of experience, this is his first managerial job away from his home country. The 63-year-old showed a lack of understanding about the Premier League as his side struggled to cope with the intensity against the bottom clubs in the first couple of games. However, Manchester United have looked more comfortable in the last few games and are showing signs of improvement.
The Red Devils will have an easier run of fixtures before the Champions League round of 16 encounter against Atletico Madrid. Therefore, the German boss will have time to improve his squad ahead of a tough period.
Meanwhile, United’s first objective is to finish in the top four spot. The Old Trafford outfit are currently sitting in fourth in the league with 38 points in 22 games. However, it will not be a straightforward job for the German boss, given Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are also aiming the same objective.
Therefore, it will be interesting to see how far Manchester United can go in the Champions League and where they will finish in the league. Following the departure of Anthony Martial, Amad Diallo and Donny Van De Beek, the squad is looking pretty thin at the moment. So, the resources will be tested until the end of this season.