Manchester United were humiliated during the English Premier League football match on Tuesday night at Anfield against arch-rivals Liverpool.
The Red Devils, led by interim coach Ralph Rangnick, were defeated 4-0 after goals from Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah’s double, which pushed Jurgen Klopp’s team to the top of the English Premier League table.
After being forced to name a provisional squad starting at 11 with several players missing, including star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, United’s appearance has always been against the wall.
After deciding to start with a five that included three defensive players, Rangnick chose to recall his rarely seen Phil Jones, who has only appeared once all season.
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He spoke before kick-off about his decision to start Jones, ahead of other candidates, Rangnick, according to him menShe said: “he is [Jones] He should be an important part of our defence, he played well when he played in that position against Wolverhampton, and I had to choose between him and Eric Bailly and that’s why I went with him.”
Addressing the German tactical’s decision to favor Jones over the likes of Eric Bailly, former United midfielder Luke Chadwick, who spoke exclusively to CaughtOffside, said: “It just shows where Bayley is sitting on the team.
“I think Bayley performed at a reasonable level when he played. But he is an eccentric and emotional player, so you can kind of understand Rangnick’s decision to play Jones, who has a different temperament.
“I’m not sure if it would make a lot of difference but when you have players who own Liverpool, United simply can’t contain them.
“Playing three players behind is a very difficult system to play unless you do a lot of work on it and by the look of things, the only work they did was from Saturday until match day on Tuesday.”
Bayley, 28, stayed on his deal, and despite being one of the fan base’s most beloved players, his recent disqualification could see him quit before the end of his deal and Chadwick disagrees.
“You can imagine it is the end of the road for him. He has never played regularly for the club. I can’t see a way back for him,” Added a former academy graduate.
“But what the new manager does is to bring new hope to everyone, so perhaps Bayley will be able to impress and take his own starting position. But I’m sure if one of the suitors came this summer and made an offer for United, they would be willing to listen.”
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