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Man United players ‘want Ralf Rangnick to change formation again’ ahead of Leeds clash

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Some Manchester United players want Ralf Rangnick to change his formation once again ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match with Leeds, according to reports.

The Red Devils have been using a 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 in recent weeks. Yet members of the squad feel another tweak would help results improve at Old Trafford.

Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United would often use a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The Norwegian would, for the most part, stick to that system regardless of how results were panning out.

When Rangnick took over from the former United star back in December, he initially used a 4-2-2-2 – having previously done the same with RB Leipzig over in Germany.

He then tweaked to a 4-3-3 before using a 4-2-3-1 in recent matches against the likes of Brighton, Southampton and Burnley.

However, according to The Athletic, some members within United’s squad feel Rangnick should alter his system again.

It’s stated they believe the 63-year-old would perhaps get quicker improvement if he used a 3-5-2, like Solskjaer did prior to his sacking.

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The Norwegian decided to go with that formation in November, when the Red Devils locked horns with Tottenham in north London.

And that decision paid off, with United putting in arguably their best performance of the season in a 3-0 win.

With four players in midfield, the formation afforded defensive protection to Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof.

And it also coaxed the best from the club’s forwards, with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani on target that day.

Rangnick, for his part, is said to have ‘considered’ using a 3-5-2.

Yet whether he uses it against Leeds on Sunday remains to be seen, with United on the lookout for back to back wins.

While Rangnick has brought stability to the club so far, the Red Devils remain a shadow of the team they used to be under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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But they’ll be motivated to beat Leeds given the fierce rivalry between the two sides, with Marco Bielsa’s side enduring a difficult campaign as well.

Speaking ahead of the match on Sunday, meanwhile, Rangnick anticipated a match that will be played at ‘high speed’.

“This was highly important and another intense game coming up against Leeds, high speed football for 95 minutes and we need to recover and be in form for Elland Road on Sunday,” he said after his team’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday night.

Rangnick was also happy that United returned to winning ways after previously drawing with Burnley and Southampton.

“It felt better than the 35-40 minutes before that!” he said when asked how it felt at full time.

“Obviously, we should have killed the game off again, much earlier after the red card.

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“We had five, six unbelievable chances to score, but, again, we didn’t and as long as it’s 1-0 and with the experience of the last three games – it’s normal that there is then a little bit of insecurity in the team.

“We were not quite lethal enough in those moments to kill the game off and it is always dangerous against 10 men.

“You can concede a goal. With Bruno’s goal, it was clear with only one minute to go that the game was over but it took very long before we put the game to bed.”

United beat Leeds 6-2 in the home fixture last season.

But the reverse, at Elland Road, ended in a drab 0-0 draw.

United also beat their fierce rivals 5-1 on the opening day of the current campaign, with Bruno Fernandes shining as Jadon Sancho made his debut.

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Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report

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As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m

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Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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