UCL: My gameplan was thrown in dustbin after just 7 minutes – Rangnick laments after United’s 1-1 draw with Atletico

Manchester United boss, Ralf Rangnick has lamented that the game plan he came up with against Atletico Madrid failed him.

In his words, the plan was in the dustbin after just seven minutes of play when the Spanish side netted the opener through Joao Felix.

Manchester United were lucky to have escaped defeat through Anthony Elanga’s late equaliser which has given the Premier League giants a slight advantage going into the return leg at Old Trafford.

The German manager played with three central defenders, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire and Varane.

Many United fans were surprised to see Lindelof used in the right back position instead of recognised right backs such as Aaron Wan-Bissaka or Alex Telles who were dropped on the bench.

“To start with, we could do with him (Victor Lindelof) in aerial duels, set-pieces, free-kicks for and against us,” he told BT Sport when asked the reason for his decision.

“All three centre-halves [Lindelof, Varane and Maguire] were in good shape, but after seven minutes, we were 1-0 down and the plan was in the dustbin.

“I knew this was not his best position, when we had Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the ball and Alex Telles, we had more possession and more assistance from the wings. In the end, due to the early goal it was difficult,” he stated.

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