“He is very motivated and knows what he wants”: Scott McTominay cancels Ralf Rangnick’s factual style … and the midfielder reacts to criticism of the long-term “McFred” partnership
- Scott McTominay spoke about Ralf Rangnick’s direct leadership style
- “The first early impressions are very, very good,” he told Sky Sports News
- “He is very motivated and knows what he wants. He’s very clear in meetings, ”he said
- McTominay also defended his much-criticized midfield partnership with Fred
United won their first Premier League game under Rangnick on Sunday and beat Crystal palace 1-0 at Old Trafford, before a 1-1 draw at home against the Young Boys on Wednesday in a dead gum in the Champions League.
Although United only narrowly won thanks to a blow from Fred, the effect of the German coach could already be seen against Palace, with the team on the ball looking much more organized and comfortable than underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked after losing seven in 13 games last month.
Scott McTominay has praised Man United interim coach Ralf Rangnick’s direct approach
McTominay said Rangnick (pictured) is “very firm, very motivated and knows what he wants”
And McTominay said the new coach had impressed the team with his direct manner in training.
“The first early impressions are very, very good,” said McTominay Sky sports news.
“He’s very steadfast, very motivated and knows what he wants. He’s very clear in encounters, that’s how it is in football. In order to get your point across, you need to be clear and forceful.
“When players don’t do what you ask, he’s not afraid to tell you too.
‘We had a good result against Crystal Palace and hopefully now we can move forward and continue to win football games.
McTominay also defended his partnership with Brazilian Fred, known online as “McFred”
Fred and McTominay take on Mohamed Salah in a 5-0 drubbing against Liverpool in October
Although United narrowly won thanks to a blow from Fred, the German coach’s effect was already evident against Palace, with the team looking much more organized and comfortable on the ball than under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked after seven defeats in 13 games last month.
“Football is changing fast and all you have to do is do your job,” added McTominay.
“For us we just listen and we learn. We want to do good for his ideas and what he wants and win games in the end.
“That’s what he and his coaching staff came to do – to help us win games and develop.”
United Academy graduate McTominay has become a first-team regular since making his debut under Jose Mourinho in 2018.
But he plays too regularly for some people, with fans often derogatory about his partnership with Brazilian Fred, known online as “McFred”.
The Scottish international admitted the pair had struggled in a chaotic campaign at times but insisted he always give his all when putting on a red shirt.
“Football is changing fast and you just have to do your job,” said McTominay of United’s appointment of Rangnick after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month
“Sometimes games are difficult. We’ve had tough moments as a team this season, and both of us as individuals, that’s an integral part of the game, “added McTominay
“I have nothing else to say than to give absolutely everything, I try my best to improve myself, to learn. A new coach has arrived and I’m doing everything I can.
“You just have to deal with it and be thick-skinned. People can say what they want, but ultimately it’s me in my head and I know what I do behind closed doors is the best. ”