Four things Ralf Rangnick still needs to address after Man Utd’s win over Arsenal

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Ralf Rangnick will have enjoyed a thrilling match at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

New Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick was in the stands at Old Trafford as his new side recorded a 3-2 win over Arsenal.

Michael Carrick’s final game in caretaker charge ended in victory as a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo along with Bruno Fernandes’ strike gifted the home side three points.

The German boss is walking into a team sat seventh in the table and still hopeful of finishing in the top four.

Rangnick will have just two days on the training field with his new squad before he takes charge against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Despite the win over Arsenal there’s still plenty of issues to resolve and Metro.co.uk has taken a look at what the former RB Leipzig boss needs to address during his time in charge.

Ronaldo’s role

Cristiano Ronaldo was recalled to the starting XI after being dropped to the bench by Michael Carrick.

There’s been plenty of talk about the Portuguese not fitting into a pressing team and it could cause problems. Rangnick likes to press. A 36-year-old Ronaldo does not.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s game is based on scoring goals, not pressing (Picture: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry insists egos will have to be put aside in order to help the team improve.

‘Now it will have to be a discussion between Rangnick and him, we all know that’s not the part of the game he likes, Rangnick is the part of the game he likes’ he said on Amazon Prime.

‘They will need to have a discussion and who is going to give up a bit on what they usually like to do.

‘Egos will have to be put on the side for the good of this club. They need to find a way to pull this club forward.’

Where to spend £100m

Reports suggest Rangnick will be handed £100m to spend in the January transfer window but where will he want to spend it?

The 63-year-old may use his ties at RB Leipzig to make quality additions with the likes of Amadou Haidara and Christopher Nkunku said to be on his radar.

If Rangnick isn’t convinced by United’s midfield options like many supporters have voiced their concerns this season, a raid on his former club may come to fruition.

Marcus Rashford endured another frustrating evening and with Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood having injury problems a new striker could also be sought.

Chelsea forward Timo Werner is said to be of interest to Rangnick.

Sancho’s form

Something has finally clicked for the £73m summer signing in recent weeks having scored in the two games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

Jadon Sancho has bagged two goals in his last three starts (Picture: Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)

The Norwegian was criticised for his role in failing to get the best out of the winger while also not giving him enough starts to prove himself.

Sancho was handed a fourth successive start tonight and caused Arsenal’s defence problems throughout.

The 21-year-old played a key part in Fernandes’ goal too after his run down the left saw him pick out Fred in the box, who then took a touch before laying it off to the Portuguese midfielder.

Rangnick will like what he’s seen and will now need to decide if he continues allowing Sancho a run of games to rediscover the type of form he showed at Dortmund, or risk halting his progress to experiment with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Greenwood.

A defensive reshuffle?

United’s defensive woes have been well documented this season with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming under the most heat.

The latter was absent for tonight’s match due to a hand injury with Diogo Dalot filling in at right-back.

Alex Telles lined up on the opposite flank with Luke Shaw still on the treatment table.

United certainly looked vulnerable at times against Arsenal’s lively attackers in Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli but United’s full-backs certainly held their own.

When Wan-Bissaka and Shaw return they may need to earn their place once more if Rangnick opts to start on a clean slate with his defensive line once he gets to work.


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