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Ralf Rangnick told which area of his Man Utd team are “relegation standard”

Manchester United face Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup tonight, a week after Ralf Rangick’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat against Wolves in the Premier League

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Ralf Rangnick needs to focus on improving Manchester United’s midfield because it is currently “relegation standard”, according to Paul Parker.

United suffered their first defeat by Rangnick last Monday when Wolves left Old Trafford with a deserved 1-0 win .

Rangnick had three wins and two draws in their five games under the German before the Wolves defeat, but performances have not picked up since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s departure.

Midfield has been a particular area of concern for United, with Scott McTominay playing alongside Nemanja Matic in the last two matches.

Paul Pogba is out with a thigh injury, while Donny van de Beek’s fortunes have not improved under United’s interim manager.

Ralf Rangnick has lots of work to do at United


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Rangnick’s insistence on playing a 4-2-2-2 formation has been criticised by some pundits, but former United defender Parker believes the players are simply not up to standard, especially in midfield.

“People have spoken about how they’ve seen Rangnick as a mentor, so you look to him for a structure and what can take them to the next step,” Parker told BetFred .

“However, the problem is how can you build when the players you’ve got don’t want to give enough or aren’t good enough to step in.

“We saw that against Wolves. Manchester United have a relegation standard midfield at this moment in time.

“It’s a poor midfield and everybody knows it. Manchester United have names but they don’t have what’s more important than anything and that’s heart, passion and courage.”

United will be back in action when they host Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup tonight, with the winner set for a home tie against Middlesbrough.

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Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic played in midfield against Wolves


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Villa beat United 1-0 at Old Trafford in the Premier League earlier this season, but have lost their last two games under Steven Gerrard.

United have been engulfed by reports of widespread unhappiness amongst the players over the past week.

However, midfielder Fred has publicly rejected the rumours , insisting the squad are behind Rangnick’s efforts to turn things around.

“I mean yes, we have made some progress but obviously versus Wolves was a step back, a relapse to habits we have shown in the past,” he said.

“We need to insist we that we need to work together. We can only get better in possession of the ball, together. We have to do things together.

“With passion, emotion and intensity. This was the problem against Wolves. We were only escorting them.

“It was only David de Gea who did. He kept us in the game. Second-half was better with a back-three.”

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