Manchester United have been warned by Arsenal legend Ian Wright about their trip to Anfield on Tuesday and it seems interim boss Ralf Rangnick has concerns too
United returned to winning ways on Saturday after that Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Norwich but they looked vulnerable against a side rooted at the bottom of the Premier League. Liverpool, on the other hand, struck Manchester City 3:2 in FA Cup semi-finals and beat Pep Guardiola’s side in the first half as they led 3-0 at the break.
Tuesday’s game is a must for both Liverpool and United as Jurgen Klopp’s side chase the Premier League title while Rangnick looks to place his side in the top four. But Wright has sent United a warning, admitting it could be a result similar to the second leg if Liverpool won 5-0 at Old Trafford if they aren’t careful.
Ronaldo’s treble saved United on Saturday when his free-kick gave the Red Devils all three points after Norwich fought back their 2-0 deficit. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner now has 21 goals in all competitions and single-handedly keeps United in contention for a place in the top four.
Despite Ronaldo turning 37, he’s still as important to United as ever, but that’s exactly why Wright is just as worried as the first arsenal star worries they’re relying on him too much. Ronaldo is a leader and a born winner but without him United would be in a very different position.
Wright told Premier League Productions: “If he [Ronaldo] was not there Manchester United They wouldn’t be anywhere near where they are now. You pay for it and it will be delivered. He’s amazing, amazing.
“We’re talking about a team at the bottom end of the league [Norwich] who literally gave United two goals today. And they are still able to open United. When United play Liverpool like that, they absolutely get hammered.”
United rocketed a two-goal lead when Anthony Elanga took full advantage of a poor defense before handing a tap-in to Ronaldo and the Portuguese star then headed in to give them breathing room. And at that point it looked like United would continue to win handsomely.
But typical of United this season, they switched off and a superb link between Teemu Pukki and Kieran Dowell brought Norwich back with ease. This worried Rangnick because although United took all three points, he questioned his side’s physicality.
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Rangnick said after United’s 3-2 win: “Once there’s contact we need to get physical and aggressive but we weren’t and it’s too easy. We’re the only team in the league to concede goals like that. It’s a question of tactical discipline, it’s a question of how physically we defend?”
Physicality is something United will need against Liverpool because at the rate Klopp’s side are pushing, they will be bullied if they are not strong, as City found out at Wembley. Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring from a corner when City couldn’t cope with his presence and Sadio Mane caught Zack Steffen napping and bundled him in from close range.
Liverpool may not be confident of producing another 5-0 feat but they will feel they have what it takes to pull off the double against United. Rangnick, on the other hand, is clearly concerned for his side ahead of Tuesday when United play Liverpool at Anfield.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/ian-wright-liverpool-man-utd-26729657 Ian Wright sends Liverpool warning to Man Utd as Ralf Rangnick admits concerns