Manchester United are close to signing Ralph Rangnick as their interim manager till the end of the season. Rangnick has a clear style of play where he wants his teams to press high and win the ball and counter with lightning fast attacks. Now Rangnick is somebody who’s embedded to this style of play and philosophy and won’t change it just to suit the players he has at his disposal. The current Manchester United squad is very unbalanced and are not used to playing a high pressing game. Both of Manchester United’s previous two managers Jose Mourinho and Solskjaer were managers who were pragmatic and reactive. This particular squad is not used to the way Rangnick wants his teams to play. But there are some players who would really struggle to fit in with with the new manager’s philosophy.
When a team wants to implement a pressing style of play, both energy and discipline are key to an organized good press. Both these qualities are something which Paul Pogba lacks and with his contract running out in summer it’s hard to see him change his style of play and work in Rangnick’s system.
Martial is somebody who has always struggled with pressing. He is somebody who prefers to wait for the ball to be played to his feet rather than putting in the effort to press opposition players and win the ball. Also, considering his form and the plethora of attackers United have at their disposal, it’s hard to see how the Frenchman would get chances under the new manager.
In a system where the team is trying to win the ball high and counter attack, the fullbacks are key in pushing the backline high. The fullbacks are vital to quick transitions as seen with both Liverpool and Manchester City’s style of play right now. Wan-Bissaka as we all know is limited as attacking fullback and if Rangnick wants his fullbacks to be an active part in pressing high and winning the ball back then the former Crystal Palace fullback will struggle in this role.