BrotherFormer defender Gary Neville believes that the incoming coach Ralf Rangnick secretly controls Man Utd in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League on November 28.
“A lot of people have targeted Carrick for knocking out Ronaldo, and using a midfield trio of Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay. But I have a feeling that the coach is going to choose that squad. Because this is a completely different formation compared to the midfield trio. match against Villarreal in the Champions League in the middle of the week”, Neville wrote on Twitter after the game.
Gary Lineker replied to the former Man Utd defender: “This can’t be true”. Neville then joked that Lineker must have known about the situation at Man Utd because he spoke to vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Lineker also responded humorously, claiming that he had discussed it directly with Rangnick.
At Stamford Bridge yesterday, Technical Director Darren Fletcher put on headphones and sat on the technical area of Man Utd, with interim coach Michael Carrick. Many fans believe that the director of Man Utd talked to Rangnick – who was also watching the match live – to discuss tactics or change people.
“I’m sure Fletcher is on a voice call with Rangnick”, account @theshawe write on Twitter. “Fletcher is chatting with Rangnick. Can see Man Utd kick higher to press, and try to win the ball in the opponent’s half”, account @swade1987 identify. “If Fletcher was calling someone, it would be Solskjaer, not Rangnick”, account @RishabhCh7 sarcasm.
As a guest at the top of the table Chelsea, Carrick directed his students to counter-attack, with a low block formation. Man Utd’s defensive play is shown by Ronaldo being pushed to the bench, and three defensive midfielders, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay, with the main kick.
Man Utd fell short, but suddenly got ahead of the second half. Taking advantage of Jorginho’s damage, Jadon Sancho jumped up to steal the ball, penetrated the penalty area and finished defeating Edouard Mendy. In the 69th minute, Jorginho made atonement when the penalty kick successfully fixed the score 1-1.
This result leaves Chelsea, with 30 points, just one and two points ahead of Man City and Liverpool, respectively. Meanwhile, Man Utd jumped two places to eighth place with 18 points.
Man Utd preliminary agreement to invite Rangnick as coach under contract at the end of this season. For the next two years, the German coach will take on a special advisory role, a title said to resemble Sports Director, at Old Trafford. He is likely to make his debut when Man Utd host Arsenal on December 2, or the match against Crystal Palace three days later.
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