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Body language concerns behind Jadon Sancho drop and Man Utd attacking change

Body language concerns behind Jadon Sancho drop and Man Utd attacking change

Ralf Rangnick has dropped Jadon Sancho for Manchester United’s clash with Newcastle, criticising the body language of his forward line during the Red Devils’ 1-0 win at Norwich

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Ralf Rangnick has explained why he dropped Jadon Sancho and changed Manchester United ‘s forward line for their trip to Newcastle.

The Red Devils interim boss has put Mason Greenwood back into the starting XI, seeing Marcus Rashford drop into a deeper role.

Sancho, who started the previous two Premier League matches under his new boss, has only made the bench and is the first selection change Rangnick has made since being appointed.

The 63-year-old is looking to continue his perfect league record since taking charge but United have not played a games for 16 days, having dealt with a Covid-19 outbreak which saw two fixtures postponed.

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Sancho has been dropped by Rangnick

“He deserves to play,” the acclaimed German coach said of Greenwood to Sky Sports .

“He did extremely well in the last two or three weeks in training and when he came on against Young Boys.

“With our team, we are always able to score goals so it is about having a clean sheet and playing defensively with all the players. It starts up front with the strikers.”

The Red Devils have won both of their league games under Rangnick 1-0 and the temporary United manager will largely want to see more of the same, but not of one particular element he was displeased with last time out.

“In certain parts of the game [at Norwich City] we didn’t make the right decisions,” he added.

“I didn’t like the body language in some parts of the game and this was also a topic when preparing for today’s game. It will be an away game in front of probably 60, 65 thousand and we need to take the next step.

“We need to be aggressive and prepare for a difficult, an intense game.”

Rangnick is relishing his first taste of action over the festive period and despite the German’s complaints about how many cup competitions English teams compete in, he is looking forward to the tradition.







Rangnick has won his first two league matches as Man Utd interim manager
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Speaking to manutd.com, Rangnick said: “I’ve watched Premier League football for the last 40 years so when it was also the First Division and I know what kind of tradition it is to play football over Christmas and on Boxing Day, the 27th, the 30th and even New Year’s Day or the second of January.

“So if somebody came across the idea to abolish then we might as well speak about abolishing the five o’clock tea or the Queen or whatever – this is all part of the tradition of this country and I’m very much looking forward to being part of this for the first time in my career.”

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