On The Ball

Reluctance to move with the times haunts United

United interim manager Ralf Rangnick's agitated, distant body language during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea spoke volumes about his tough tenure at Old Trafford. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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That Ralf Rangnick cuts an isolated figure at Manchester United is hardly a unique situation. The club has done that to many managers down the years, the weight of expectation subsuming all but two managers since World War II.

The German's agitated, distant body language during Thursday's forgettable 1-1 draw with Chelsea followed a familiar template.

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