ARTICLE SOURCE: MY OPINION
One of the reasons why former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired was the club's complete absence of a modern pressing system. Football has progressed over time, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's slow build-up play is no longer relevant.
Manchester United's matches against Villarreal and Chelsea were subsequently taken over by Michael Carrick, before German manager Ralf Rangnick was named interim manager until the end of the season today.
Ralf Rangnick is regarded as a forerunner of the pressing game, and he is recognized with having a significant influence on the playing styles of Thomas Tuchel and Jürgen Klopp.
During Manchester United's game against Chelsea last weekend, it was clear that the Red Devils attempted to launch a high press rather than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's normal deep defending.
Ralf Rangnick was only confirmed by Manchester United today, but he may have had some impact on the shift in tactics. The Red Devils will meet Arsenal at Old Trafford Stadium on Thursday.
Manchester United may be new to the high press, but Arsenal is not. Ever since Mikel Arteta arrived at the club, he has been implementing a solid build-up play around opponents high presses whilst also perfecting his pressing system.
Although Arsenal defeated Liverpool's quick pressing strategy, Manchester United's recently applied adjustment will not be as effective as Liverpool's, allowing the Gunners to exploit more spaces.
Arsenal currently boasts players who are more suited to a high press than Manchester United. The likes of Gabriel Magalhaes, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares are well equipped physically and ability-wise to play the high press better than Manchester United's.
While Manchester United's new technique is attractive to the fans, Arsenal can take full advantage of it.
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