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Manchester United: Ally McCoist spots 'intelligent' tactical tweak in Burnley victory

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Ally McCoist spots interim Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick’s ‘intelligent’ tactical tweak involving Scott McTominay which helped preserve lead against Burnley

  • Manchester United exploded into a 3-0 lead against Burnley on Thursday night 
  • Burnley got one back and were putting pressure on United to try and score more
  • Ally McCoist though spotted an ‘intelligent’ tactic which kept Chris Wood quiet
  • United shut up shop in the second-half to take all three points from the game 


Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has been praised for an ‘intelligent’ tactical tweak during their 3-1 victory over Burnley.

The Red Devils roared into a 3-0 first-half lead thanks to goals from Scott McTominay, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ben Mee who put the ball into the back of his own net.

Burnley got one back after 38 minutes through Aaron Lennon and aimed to put more pressure on United with towering centre-forward Chris Wood looking to cause problems.

Scott McTominay impressed as Manchester United took a 3-1 victory against Burnley

Scott McTominay impressed as Manchester United took a 3-1 victory against Burnley

Ralf Rangnick has been highlighted for praise following an important tweak during the game

Ralf Rangnick has been highlighted for praise following an important tweak during the game

But United shut up shop in the second-half and it was use of a tactic from Rangnick that caught the eye of Scottish commentator Ally McCoist.

The former Rangers striker spotted his compatriot McTominay constantly marking Wood whenever the visitors looked to play a long-ball forward.

This in turn allowed centre-backs Eric Bailly and Harry Maguire to keep their shape in the back-line.

As Burnley hoisted a long-ball forward during the game, McCoist said during his commentary on Amazon Prime: ‘This is an interesting tactic there.

McTominay marked Chris Wood tightly throughout the contest allowing the centre-backs to keep their shape

McTominay marked Chris Wood tightly throughout the contest allowing the centre-backs to keep their shape

‘When they’re [Burnley] going long, McTominay is actually dropping back to pick up Wood, which allows the two centre-backs to keep position. Quite intelligent really.’

McTominay was awarded Man of the Match after one of his best performances of the season for the Red Devils.

After the match, the midfielder admitted that his team-mates are still getting used to Rangnick’s new tactics.

He told Amazon: ‘It is about adapting to new methods. We have to go back to the basics of football. We have to tackle, we have to run, we have to create.

‘If we are not running and competing in the first 15 minutes it is going to be difficult, no matter what the quality of our forward players.

Ally McCoist spotted the tweak on commentary and praised is as 'intelligent' tactics on Rangnick's behalf

Ally McCoist spotted the tweak on commentary and praised is as ‘intelligent’ tactics on Rangnick’s behalf

‘We want to enjoy football, there is too much negativity, and if you enjoy it you will end up playing well.’

He went on to add: ‘Probably first half as a team was [the best display under Rangnick]. We were a bit flat in the second half for whatever reason.

‘We need to get that for a full 90 minutes, which we haven’t really had this year.

‘But we are learning and adapting. The game against Newcastle was difficult and we have to bounce back from that.

‘The manager said we set the record for the most amount of turnovers in the league. We had to keep the ball better.’

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