Manchester United have spent just one training session working on the tactics used in their beatings by Liverpool last month.
The Red Devils suffered an embarrassing Premier League defeat to their traditional rivals in April. They were outclassed from start to finish and lost the game 4-0 in what was largely a continuation of their lackluster season.
But it has now been revealed that the players had just one training session to prepare for the tactics used against the Premier League title contenders. According to The Athletic, the 3-4-3 deployed by Ralf Rangnick was almost completely improvised.
United lined up with a back three of Harry Maguire, Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot operating as two wing-backs. Unsurprisingly, they were trailing in tatters by a well-trained Liverpool who have spent years perfecting their 4-3-3 formation.
A source told The Athletic: “Every player has to know their job and everyone else’s job, so if someone doesn’t perform a task they are called up collectively. United don’t have that. Week after week, they don’t understand their roles and responsibilities, so too many excuses can be made.
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It’s yet another sign of the chaos that has engulfed the Old Trafford club this campaign. There have been persistent reports of in-fighting in the dressing room and players not understanding the coach’s instructions.
It is also understood that Rangnick gave his players considerable time out from training, as well as missing one himself when the players returned after being knocked out of the Champions League. United hope the appointment of Ajax’s Erik ten Hag as permanent manager will change their fortunes ahead of next season.