Gary Neville warns Manchester United that they may have to give up Ralf Rangnick’s preferred 4-2-2-2 system as the Sky expert insists it doesn’t suit key players and he “doesn’t know any team in Europe that really does it plays well “.
- Gary Neville asked if Manchester United could stick to their setup
- The Red Devils usually play in Ralf Rangnick’s preferred 4-2-2-2 formation
- But legendary former defender Neville had doubts about the feasibility of the system
Gary Neville has expressed doubts about Manchester United’s ability to continue playing the 4-2-2-2 system preferred by coach Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick, who was appointed at the end of November, has won his two previous Premier League games 1-0 against Crystal Palace and Norwich, but his side struggled to develop chances in attack and appeared vulnerable at times in defense.
And legendary former defender Neville admitted that the German may soon be forced to change tactical line-ups in order to get the most out of his players.
He said, “The problem with this system is twofold. One is that sometimes you end up being out of balance. If you defend you will actually be a 4-4-2. The problem you have is you have to have a partner for Ronaldo.
“It will be interesting to see how he gives up on the system he was playing (in his first two games) – I don’t know any team in Europe that plays this system really well. It’s a massive request to the full-backs.
“As a full-back, you are expected to be on the field and have the breadth of the team, but also have little protection for large parts of the game. With a little more quality, Norwich would have taken advantage of it. Dalot and Telles face a great challenge. Can they do it defensively when exposed to decent teams? I don’t quite see it.
“He can change if it’s tonight (Monday) I’m not sure, but at some point it will come because I don’t see any other top team doing it. I’m personally not sure about the system. ‘