29 Dec 2021 | 14:41 | Football
The Old Trafford team is making the fans extremely disappointed with consecutive poor performances.
Manchester United have just experienced an extremely weak draw in the trip to Newcastle – the club has received 3 consecutive defeats before welcoming the Red Devils. However, coach Ralf Rangnick’s teachers and students brought to St. James’s Park a pathetic face, even worse than the unconvincing performance in the previous win against Norwich.
On the day Raphael Varane returned, Man Utd’s defense was still sloppy and as usual, it was thanks to the talent of David De Gea that they were able to avoid a disappointing result. On the attack, what Rangnick’s army has shown can be summed up in two words ‘stalemate’, especially in the first 45 minutes with only 4 shots made by the Red Devils’ strikers. presently.
Most of Man Utd’s attacking players have yet to adapt to a 4-2-2-2 formation, especially Marcus Rashford. In this system, instead of a winger role, Rangnick required two players to play below the strikers to act as attacking midfielders. Meanwhile, Rashford’s forte lies in the left wing corridor – the area where he plays most effectively, with dangerous ‘cut-inside’ phases and his skillful right foot.
For an attacking midfielder, the most important factor is the ability to make decisions. However, this is the weakness of Rashford. There have been many times when Rashford launched unreasonable passes, or decided to shoot from long distance instead of coordinating with teammates. So it’s understandable that he struggled in this role. Before Newcastle, the 24-year-old striker could not launch any passes to create opportunities for teammates.
Before that, Rashford also did not perform well in the central striker role in two matches against Crystal Palace and Norwich. And now, he continues to fade in the role of an attacking midfielder. If he continues to maintain the 4-2-2-2 formation, it can be affirmed that it is time for Rangnick to put Rashford on the bench. And replacing this star, the German strategist needs to give Jadon Sancho a chance.
Unlike Rashford, Sancho has long tended to play as a ‘playmaker’ despite playing on the wing. During his time at Borussia Dortmund, there were 2 seasons Sancho reached 18 assists in the Bundesliga and was always in the Top players creating the most opportunities in the tournament.
Against Newcastle, Sancho also showed his quality when he had 2 passes to create opportunities for teammates – higher than any player in the Reds’ attack and equal to Bruno Fernandes, even though he only entered the field from the bench in the second half. Obviously, instead of continuing to waste the £73 million contract, now is the time for Rangnick to strike out Rashford’s name to save Man Utd’s situation.