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Paul Ince tells Ralf Rangnick the two Man Utd stars he needs to prioritise improving


Paul Ince believes Ralf Rangick has his work cut out (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United legend Paul Ince believes new interim boss Ralf Rangnick needs to target getting the best out his full-backs.

The German has replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the season and is expected to take charge of his first match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Ince has been discussing the side he’ll be walking into and believes he’ll want to strengthen at the back given United’s defensive woes.

With Reece James at Chelsea and Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool among the goals, the former midfielder is demanding more from the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

While Wan-Bisska has nailed down the right-back position, Luke Shaw had been Solskjaer’s first-choice left-back, and Ince is hoping Rangnick will make it a priority of his to see the pair get further up the pitch and help the attackers.

‘I think it’s tough because [Eric] Bailly is quick but can be erratic at times, but then can be outstanding at times as we saw in the Champions League,’ he told The United Stand.

Paul Ince wants to see more from Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw (Picture: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

‘[Victor] Lindelof’s got no pace… even if you look at [Raphael] Varane who is quick and Bailly, then you’ve got two quick centre-backs.

‘I think what he’d [Rangnick] want more is from his full-backs. You look at the full-backs putting balls into the box… he needs to work with Wan-Bissaka, he really does.

‘How can I put it? From an attacking point of view, the modern game is about players getting forward, we’ve seen it with [Trent] Alexander-Arnold and [Andy] Robertson. They are high up the park like a third attacker.

‘He needs to work on getting his full-backs up the pitch and the reason why it’s hard for them to get up the pitch is because they’ve got no pace at the back.

‘The full-backs have always been told by the centre-halves to stay alongside me because if it goes over the top we need a bit of pace. That’s the problem.’

Rangick will be keeping a close eye on his new team when Michael Carrick oversees his final game as caretaker boss against Arsenal on Thursday evening.


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