Pressing, or lacking it, is a hot topic at the Red Devils, and according to Ralf Rangnick, it is very important.
has told theManchester United
squad to embrace the idea of pressing as it is the “only way” they can compete in the top-flight.
The United interim manager took over the role last month and will coach the team for the remainder of the season, and he will then be a consultant.
Rangnick was called “godfather of gegenpressing” and many believed him to be a shrewd hire because of his reputation in developing clubs as a coach and director previously.
However, although the Red Devils have only been defeated once in their last six matches, their display still has a long way to go, and the notion of a collective and concerted pressing effort seems to be foreign.
This is the only way we can compete in this league and at that level,"
Rangnick told reporters on the topic of pressing ahead of Monday's FA Cup clash withAston Villa
"Whenever you watch games, even if it's not the top teams, they play with intensity, they play with physicality, they play with energy and they sprint. This is what we have to do. We have to develop into this kind of team.
"As I said after the first game against Crystal Palace, we showed at least in the first half a lot of those things and it's about implementing this into the team in a sustainable way. This is our job.
"We have to do it together with the players and we have, obviously, to develop the players, identify for each game, the players who are willing and able to do that and to deliver exactly what we spoke about.
"I've only been here now for five weeks. Yes, the pressure is on at a club like Manchester United. I'm pretty sure that the players are aware of that.
"In the end, it's still about showing up when we play in front of 75,000, and we showed that against Burnley. We also showed it against Crystal Palace.
"The team is able to dominate games, to win games. Both games against Burnley and Palace, that was the case and this is exactly what we have to achieve in the next weeks to help the team develop into a dominating team.
"This can only be done in possession and out of possession they do things together."
was deemed to be a perfect fit for the boss’s system because of his work rate and performance on the pitch.
Rangnick thinks the Uruguayan is going to have a big influence on the rest of the season after deciding to remain put notwithstanding interest fromBarcelona
I told him that if it was up to me I would want him to stay and I had a conversation with him,"
"He came to my office and we spoke for almost half an hour and he told me that he will definitely stay, he will want to stay until the end of the season.
"Not only because I told him that he should stay or has to stay, but he did it on his own behalf. He told me that I can rely on him to stay until the end of the season and give his very best, be a role model for the young players.
"He's available and he's happy to play. Even if he's not playing, he will be trying to be the best possible role model for the other players.
"This is, for me, good news because Edi is one of those players – with his vast amount of experience, his mentality, his work ethic – who could really be a perfect role model for all the other players."
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