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Everything you need to know about new Manchester United manager: style of play and formation

Apart from being an outstanding coach, Ralf Rangnick is unquestionably one of the most influential individuals in Germany. He pioneered an outstanding style of play in football in 1998, which has been adopted by numerous of the world's top managers. He coined the term "heavy metal, Rock & Roll football" or "heavy pressing or Gegenpressing" to describe his football pattern. He characterized his football style as proactive, quick, offensive, counter-pressing, dynamic, and entertaining.

 

Planning and Formation of Tactical Units:



Ralf Rangnick is most known for his affinity for the 4-4-2 configuration, which he alternated with a 4-2-2-2 when his wingers played more closely together. Additionally, he has utilized the 4-3-3 and 3-5-2 formations, highlighting his tactical adaptability.


Dissecting the Playing Style of Ralf Rangnick:

As previously noted, Ralf emphasizes aggressive pressing and hence wants his players to push extremely high up the pitch in order to create turnovers that can be converted into counter-attacks. Pressing, counter-pressing, and counter-attacking are all characteristics of the Rangnick football style. He despises unnecessary back and sideways passes, thinking them to be a waste of valuable time, and he also dislikes players who spend an inordinate amount of time on the ball. He advocates for swift ball movement and expects his team to execute counter-attacks in less than ten seconds.

Rangnick's future strategy will be to capitalize on overloads and fast vertical passes rather than planned positional play.

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