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Opinion: Rangnick can transform Manchester United midfield by doing what Solskjaer did not do

However, despite the fact that Ralf Rangnick has a vast Manchester United squad at his disposal, the coach's options remain limited as he strives to progressively install a style of play that will see his team ruthlessly push any opportunity presented to them.

When Bayern Munich travel to Young Boys on Wednesday night in the Champions League, coach Markus Weinzierl is expected to make changes. However, he has retained the same squad that ended Michael Carrick's reign with a win at Arsenal last week.

Due to this, Rangnick decided to keep the 'McFred' midfield axis, which appears to be the only two players who appear to be appropriate as a pair to fulfill his mercenary tasks in front of the defense.

As the interim manager desires, Fred and Scott McTominay are leading the way in providing energy and mobility in those two spots, however there are still worries about their restricted passing range and the absence of line-breaking passes that come from the deeper positions.

Instead, against Palace, United depended on long balls from their centre-backs, as well as overlapping assistance from their two full-backs, to move the ball forward and compensate for the lack of inventiveness displayed by their midfield partnership in the first place.

As far as early indications go, United are still on the lookout for a new midfielder for next season. The club is particularly interested in signing someone to partner Fred, who should be able to provide not only similar mobility on the ball but also the ability to pick a pass and initiate attacks from deeper in the pitch.

Part of the problem originates from McTominay's recent identity crisis, with the Scotland international still torn between his roles as a defensive specialist and an attacking midfielder, according to the media.

As he approaches a critical point in his playing career, McTominay, 24, has demonstrated the ability to establish himself as a long-term starter for the Red Devils. However, he is currently suffering from a lack of clarity about his best role as he approaches a critical point in his playing career.

However, while the Scotland international is still a crucial member of the squad, his zeal and flawless professionalism have almost done him a damage because he is moved about the team in a selfless manner to benefit the team rather than his personal development.

McTominay has excelled at the international level as a defensive midfielder as well as an auxiliary center-back, but former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was always keen to use him as an attacking option due to his development as a striker in the club's youth system. McTominay has played in the United States as a defensive midfielder and as an auxiliary center-back.

While McTominay was able to repay his mentor by scoring seven goals for the club last season while playing in a more advanced box-to-box role, under Rangnick, his chances of receiving regular playing time will be limited to the ball-winning role, which Solskjaer never intended for him to be restricted to in the first place.

It is easy to discount the abilities of McTominay's midfield partner Fred, despite the fact that he still possesses all of the fundamental characteristics sought by his new temporary boss.

The United team needs Rangnick to refine his rock into a diamond in order for him to maintain his position. Rangnick must turn his rock into a diamond following Solskjaer's unwillingness to categorize him as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian manager.

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