Ralf Rangnick’s solution to Manchester United’s set-piece problems could be right under his nose – Casey Evans


To say that Manchester United’s rivals are more likely to score on a counter-attack from one of their corners than they are themselves is not an understatement; it is a fact.

United have taken over 100 corners in the Premier League alone so far this season and have not scored a single goal and sit alone at the bottom of the table in this stat.

This becomes even more embarrassing when you remember that United acquired the services of Eric Ramsey in the summer. He was brought in from Chelsea’s under-18 squad to be the team’s set-piece coach and of course you can probably tell how successful that appointment has been.

But Ramsey cannot be entirely blamed, as United last scored from a corner against Sheffield United in January 2021.

United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick was recently asked about United’s ineffectiveness at corner kicks, saying: “In the end, this is a question of training time, but also deliveries.

“And this is really a bit strange, to be honest, because we have players who technically should be able to deliver the ball the right way.

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“But we still have to work on that and we still have to improve in those areas. At least we scored a goal after a free kick against Villa. The first goal at Villa Park was after a free kick, but I totally agree.” We still haven’t conceded goals in the last few weeks and months, but we should also be more dangerous and more effective from set pieces.”

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In an interview with Coaches’ Voice ahead of his appointment at Old Trafford, the German said: “30% of all goals are scored on or immediately after a set piece, so as coaches you have to be vigilant about that, and Since 30% of all goals are scored this way, I spend 30% of my training on set pieces.”

So it is clear that Rangnick wants to improve in this aspect, but perhaps the solution is internal.

Manchester United Women have most goals from corners this season. from reddevils

While the men’s team has struggled to score from set pieces, the women’s team has thrived. They have scored six goals from the corner in the Women’s Super League, more than any other team in the division, showing that it can be done even in a United shirt.

The difference is clear, and Rangnick has already made the point in the delivery of the ball. Against Middlesbrough, United tried a number of different tactics in the corners, with Luke Shaw sometimes taking them to the far post and sometimes to the near post, with some playing short for Jadon Sancho.

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But while Shaw’s delivery was arguably much better than that of Alex Telles and Bruno Fernandes in recent weeks, United looked no closer to scoring. Without the threat of these scenarios, United may struggle to break into the top four if they don’t find a way to create chances from set pieces.

Overall, it’s just another thing Rangnick needs to add to his checklist to sort out for the new manager before they join in the summer.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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