Rangnick comments on Martial's future as Deadline Day nears
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Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has tweaked Eric Ramsay’s role since taking over, according to reports. The Red Devils have failed to score from 117 corners in the Premier League this season. And Ramsay has found himself in the spotlight as a result.
Manchester United appointed Ramsay back in July, with the coach given the job of being the club’s first set-piece coach.
Yet the Red Devils remain wretched when it comes to corners, leading to scrutiny on the former Chelsea man.
United hired Ramsay because they were impressed with the job he did at Stamford Bridge with the Blues’ Under-23s, while Kieran McKenna also recommended him.
Ramsay was entrusted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to focus on attacking set pieces, while also getting assistance on Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson for the defensive side of the game.
Yet The Athletic say Ramsay’s role has now changed.
Under Solskjaer, the 29-year-old was often given regular time to work with the squad.
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That would normally entail him coaching them 30 minutes after specific sessions, while he was also given the authority to take charge of certain drills.
Under Rangnick, however, it’s claimed things have changed.
It’s said Ramsay’s opportunities to work on set pieces have ‘become reduced’, though he has taken on extra responsibilities following the departures of the likes of Michael Carrick, Martyn Pert and McKenna.
He now helps warm defenders up before matches, which was one of McKenna’s roles prior to his departure.
Some inside the club believe United, in order to turn their situation around, should explore using a quick corner.
They think that, if done properly, this would allow them to ‘maintain momentum at crucial stages and prohibit opponents from setting up ready for counter-attacks.’
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A source is quoted as saying: “If they see the chance for an overload straight away, they should take it.”
United have tweaked their coaching staff under Rangnick.
Chris Armas arrived from the MLS, with the American replacing Carrick – who quit after learning he wouldn’t be leading the team for the rest of the season.
United have also added a sport psychologist in Sascha Lense, with Rangnick explaining the decision by saying: “I wouldn’t say I was surprised [that United didn’t have a sports psychologist].
“I know from Germany there are quite a few clubs who do not work with a sports psychologist. But, for me, it is absolutely logical.
“Every club has different experts for goalkeeping, for physical performance, for different areas of the field – defence, midfield, offence.
“The team of experts at some teams is probably bigger than the number of players in a squad.
“If you then consider the brain, the head, the way players, staff members or coaches think is the most relevant one, then for me it is only logical to have the best possible expert from that area in your staff.
“This is what it’s all about, to help the players think the right things and not think the wrong things.
“To develop players, the brain should help the body perform at the highest possible level.
“This is part of the jigsaw, of the puzzle. It’s important any top club, and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world – have the best possible people, and they should at least have all those little pieces available.
“It shouldn’t be the case that in certain areas we don’t have anyone. I strongly believe that every club in the future should have someone in this department.
“Players at this level are under pressure to deliver and perform at the highest possible level. At times they might need help and might need somebody to speak to.
“That should not always only be the manager or head coach. It’s important for the players to know there is a neutral person, an expert, to whom they can address in situations where they might need a helping hand, or even somebody to just listen to them.
“In Germany, we had the case of Robert Enke, who committed suicide when he was still the German national team goalkeeper. If you look at this aspect of the game, it’s important to have somebody in your staff.
“Sascha watches every training session, he’s part of every meeting, he’s part of the staff and he speaks regularly with players.
“Of course, it is not obligatory, we do not force players to speak to Sascha, but they know he’s there.
“He’s a smart and decent guy, and he’s top in his job, I know that because we worked together at Leipzig for three years. The players will find that out very soon, if they haven’t already.”
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