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Bruno Lage Casually Dismantled Ralf Rangnick's Tactics In Post-Match Interview, Fans Are Very Impressed

Daniel Marland

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Bruno Lage Casually Dismantled Ralf Rangnick's Tactics In Post-Match Interview, Fans Are Very Impressed

Wolves manager Bruno Lage casually dismantled Ralf Rangnick's 4-4-2 formation following his side's 1-0 victory over Manchester United.


Joao Moutinho's longe-range effort eight minutes from time secured a historic first win at Old Trafford since 1980.

It was United's first defeat under interim manager Ralf Rangnick and Lage managed to completely nullify the home side's attack.

When quizzed about Wolves' game plan, Lage told Sky Sports: "The most important thing for us is to see where the full-backs are."

Patrick Davison then asked why that was so important, to which the 45-year-old replied: "To find the spaces. When they are defending, when they are attacking, where they are.

"If you look at the first half when they tried to defend, I saw it from the bench, [Edinson] Cavani tried to control Ruben [Neves] and Cristiano Ronaldo tried to control [Conor] Coady and the wingers inside so the space is outside.

"That's why [Nelson] Semedo and Marcal in the first half, had a lot of chances and a lot of the ball. That's why it's so important when you have the ball and are defending, to understand where the spaces are.

"[Daniel] Podence and [Francisco] Trincao understand if the full-backs are in front of them, or if they go, it's not your man and you control the space inside.

"The players understood the plan and we earned all three points."

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Lage replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in the summer and Wolves currently sit eighth in the Premier League.

This is the first time he's had the chance to flex his knowledge on live TV and viewers at home were left impressed.

One commented: "He actually takes one minute to deconstruct United's setup."

Another added: "You hear this and realise what it is to coach, so refreshing."

While a third put: "When Bruno Lage speaks about football, you just want to listen and listen and listen. Fascinating manager."

United looked lethargic for most of the contest and their best chances came from substitute Bruno Fernandes.

The Portugal international replaced Mason Greenwood and smashed an effort against the bar.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

Fernandes also had a last minute free-kick saved by Jose Sa.

United are four points behind Arsenal in fourth and face a massive challenge qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Luke Shaw admitted post-match that the players didn't feel 'together' on the pitch, hinting at a dressing room divide.

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League

Daniel Marland
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