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Nemanja Matic reveals how Man Utd are adapting to Ralf Rangnick demands

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Matic will be captain against Young Boys
Matic will be captain against Young Boys / James Williamson - AMA/GettyImages
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Nemanja Matic has revealed that the Manchester United squad are using 'every single moment' to understand Ralf Rangnick's tactical ideas.

Rangnick was placed in interim charge at Old Trafford following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last month, with the German set to move into a consultancy role for two further years at the end of the season.

His first game in charge went well with United securing a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. Speaking after the match Rangnick admitted he was pleasantly surprised by how well his side had played against the Eagles, singling their pressing out for particular praise.

Next on the agenda for Rangnick's side is Young Boys in the Champions League with Matic - who will wear the captain's armband on Wednesday night - keen to stress how hard he and his teammates are working to realise their manager's gameplan.

"Every manager has his ideas, we are trying to adapt, of course, to give our best to help him adapt as soon as possible on us and, of course, we have to adapt to him. We are helping each other, at the moment, everything looks good, let's see on the pitch in the future," he said.

Despite the squad being willing, Matic did confess that United's hectic playing schedule had reduced the amount of time they could spend on the training ground.

"Yeah, we don't have too much time to train. As you said, we play every three days but we are used to that," he added.

"The manager knows - he knew what he could expect - so we have to learn his ideas step-by-step in every single day so we are using every single moment in the training session to understand his ideas."

United have already ensured progression to the knockout stages, making this a dead rubber from their perspective. However, Matic insisted that they were still highly motivated to end things on a high.

"Yeah, it's good. It's good to take that pressure off, and, of course, we want to win the last game, especially at Old Trafford in front of our supporters," he said.

"We want to finish these group stages with the three points to make our supporters happy. I think everyone is happy, everyone is ready [and] we want to finish this in the best possible way."


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