Strikingly, at 34, Edinson Cavinson does much more than his younger, attacking teammates, averaging 11.7 miles per race. This is the second only Roberto Firmino from Liverpool as the most demanding striker in the Premier League. Rashford (9.9 km) and Greenwood (9.8 km) are 44th and 46th on this list. The numbers are convincing in proving the basic problem that Rangnick is dealing with at United.
“Cavani came to my office and we talked for almost half an hour,” Rangnick said earlier this week. I bet some of his teammates’ ears were burning!
Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, how many players of the academy or signatures have improved since they broke into the team?
Every team that plays United looks better than it is and often shows their best performance of the season. Watford, Norwich and Newcastle were bad against most of the teams. Watch their matches against United and you can be sure that they will definitely stay. The Wolves should win at Old Trafford by three or four, and I doubt Aston Villa fans remember the last time they dominated their opponent and lost, as they did in the third round of the FA Cup.
This criticism is well deserved because if you look at the talents available on the United team, you should be playing a more fun and energetic football brand.
They never won the biggest trophies under Solskjaer, but I would be the first to admit – as a Liverpool fan – I was afraid that United, when taken over by a top coach, would come together and start challenging. During Solskjaer’s spell, it was enough to hint that the basis for his successor, in particular a number of comeback victories, is the appearance of Bruno Fernandez and a long run away away unbeaten.
now? It looks like a mess again. Whoever takes power will have to spend the first months moving big egos and passing home truths to younger players about the minimum requirements in a modern team trying to win the Premier League and the Champions League.
Many fans will sympathize with the idea that Solskjaer and Rangnick will never be real coaches. But the banner unveiled at Old Trafford on Monday seemed particularly timely.
“Standards,” he wrote with a silhouette image of Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and Roy Keane.
Stretford End will not be fooled by attempts to blame Rangnick.
The message to the players could not be clearer: the biggest problem is not him. That’s them.