18 Feb 2022 | 05:04 | Football
Rangnick praises Ronaldo
In the current Red Devils squad, there is a player who is very charming with the Elland Road team, which is Scott McTominay. McTominay has plagued Leeds in the two games he has faced at Old Trafford since their promotion to the Premier League.
In December 2020, the Scottish midfielder scored a stunning brace in a crunch 6-2 win . Back in August, when Old Trafford was packed for the first time in 17 months, McTominay put on what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described as ‘excellent’ in Man Utd’s 5-1 win.
Solskjaer unlocked McTominay’s freedom and compared his runs into the box to Paul Scholes.
Recently, Ralf Rangnick used McTominay as the sole deep-lying midfielder in a new 4-3-3 formation, although Man Utd switched to 4-2-3-1 midway through the first half against Brighton on Tuesday. But the Scotland international’s performance against Leeds may tempt Rangnick to put him in a more perfect role.
Not McTominay, Fred can be used in a deep position in midfield to deal with Leeds’ mobile play. Marcelo Bielsa’s team used a tactical system of men, giving the Red Devils players space to penetrate and McTominay with his aggressiveness could make the most of the weakness that Leeds presented.
Using Fred in the defensive role and McTominay in the box-to-box role, Paul Pogba will have to sit on the bench, but it will help the French star really fit for the clash in the first round/ 8 Champions League against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. Pogba has just returned from a long absence due to injury so using Pogba carefully is probably not a bad idea.
Pogba registered four assists against Leeds on the first day of the season, but it was from the left side of midfield, as Solskjaer liked the energy of Fred, McTominay and Bruno Fernandes at the center. Now that Ralf Rangnick has a Jadon Sancho playing very well on the left wing, it would be a surprise if the England star is eliminated at Elland Road.
McTominay was indeed linked with Leeds on loan in 2018, but has come a long way since then and could be unlocked to ramp up attack and damage them again at the weekend. this.
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