Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick reveals how Man Utd tactical tweak helped Harry Maguire

Sean Walsh
Maguire started in Saturday's draw with Leicester
Maguire started in Saturday's draw with Leicester / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages
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Ralf Rangnick has opened up on the tactical decision to start Harry Maguire at right centre-back in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester.

Fred salvaged a point for the subpar Red Devils after Kelechi Iheanacho had put the visitors in front, while the hosts' blushes were spared when James Maddison's late winner was chalked off by VAR.

Club captain Maguire, who was heavily defended by players and coaches alike after England fans booed him over the international break, played alongside Raphael Varane at the back, but unusually started on the right-hand side of their partnership.

"Since I arrived, we have been discussing this because he prefers to play on the left side although he is right footed," Rangnick told Man Utd's website about the tactical tweak.

"And now I saw him play for England last week when he played in a back four on the right side, that's why I decided that he should play on the right side which is better for him anyway when we open up the game from our backline for him as a right-footed player.

"I think it's a lot easier for him to play from there."

Rangnick also insisted he was impressed with Maguire's performance against his former side, while he was pleased that Man Utd fans were supportive of their captain in contrast to the reception he received at Wembley on Tuesday.

"The reaction of our supporters was as it always is. Our supporters are one of the best, if not the best, in England," Rangnick added.

"Harry played well and he had an almost flawless game today defensively. It was a solid performance by him."

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