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‘Highly important’: Ralf Rangnick praises Manchester United duo following Burnley

‘Highly important’: Ralf Rangnick praises Manchester United duo following Burnley

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Manchester United and Burnley faced off in the final midweek Premier League action of gameweek 20 on Thursday evening.

The Red Devils headed into the game looking to bounce back from a pretty inept showing vs Newcastle United, which saw the Manchester outfit forced to settle for a 1-1 draw.

And, though Burnley are having a similarly dismal 2021/22 to Newcastle, United fans were likely concerned that their side would once again struggle against one of the Premier League’s relegation candidates.

This, though, ultimately proved to be far from the case, as Manchester United had the tie all but won after 35 minutes, with strikes from Scott McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo and a Ben Mee own goal ensuring that the hosts eventually came away with a 3-1 win.

Ralf Rangnick praises Cristiano Ronaldo & Edinson Cavani

Following Thursday’s game, Ralf Rangnick has moved to praise the work of both Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Marcus Rashford, until Thursday, had started all of United’s league outings under Rangnick alongside CR7.

However, after several poor showings, Rashford was replaced by Cavani who, much like Ronaldo on the day, worked very hard both offensively and defensively, efforts which, in turn, earned considerable praise from their new coach:

“It is important to have those two players on board. The work ethic both showed today together with Mason and Jadon was highly important.

“They had to do a lot of negative runs for the team to make sure we kept them away as often as possible from our own box and this had to start with the four up front.

“When you play with such an offset in the line-up, it is important they work together offensively and have a work ethic defensively and both of them did a lot for the team.”

Quotes via Manchester United’s official website.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
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