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Man Utd hero Gary Neville explains Cristiano Ronaldo observations under Ralf Rangnick


“They were almost locked. That was in possession and out of possession.

“Ronaldo was never exposed having to press on his own as we have seen in recent weeks because he had Rashford alongside him.

“Ordinarily, you would say that the central midfield players, when the other team has possession, you would want them close together but when you are on the ball you would split them.

“Rangnick did not let Fred and McTominay separate at any point in the game.

“What it did was give Manchester United a really narrow shape and a good platform to build attacks from but more importantly it nullified the threat of one of the best counter-attacking teams in the Premier League.

“It has been chaotic. A mess to watch in recent weeks. You have to stop teams counter-attacking against you or it eats away at your confidence. This was the difference yesterday. They were tight, they were compact.

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