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Gary Neville has explained how Ralf Rangnick’s new ‘box midfield’ is designed to stop Manchester United conceding.

The Red Devils beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday in the German’s first game in charge and Neville has heaped praise on his old club’s new disciplined look.

Speaking on Sky on Monday night, Nev said: “We’ll start with the classic box at the back, McTominay, Fred and the two centre-backs.

“No problem.

“It’s very difficult to counter-attack against that if you’ve got those four players compact together.

“The problem was with Man Utd and the reason I respected the 60 minutes yesterday was that after not scoring for 30 minutes, it’s easy for one of those midfield players to get drawn forward.

“It’s easy for one of them payers to come out of position and leave the centre-backs exposed.

“And that’s what happened against Aston Villa.

“Having to run back at Old Trafford… it feels like a massive pitch. Jamie will tell you that from when he played there.

“You have to sustain attacks in football and you’ve got to stop teams counter-attacking on you or it eats away at your confidence.

“And that was the difference yesterday.

“You had the box, so when Man Utd gave the ball away in the attacking third, they’d committed players forward.

“But as the ball got given away by Fred, those four players are there straight away to be able to sort out Crystal Palace.”


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