Sports psychologist; Ralf Rangnick is hoping that a sports psychologist will help exercise a few of Manchester United’s demons – just as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once did during his reign.
Ralf Rangnick has turned to a sports psychologist in a desperate bid to solve Manchester United’s woes.
In recent games, United’s inability to maintain a lead has plagued them.
After blowing 1-0 leads against Burnley and Southampton, the Red Devils threw away four points in a matter of days.
Rangnick has said that the only way for United to save their season is to improve their mental toughness as they fight for a top-four finish.
In December, the German entrepreneur engaged psychologist Sascha Lense in an attempt to give United’s flops a mental lift.
During his time in charge, Solskjaer made a similar move before being fired in November.
The Norwegian brought in a psychologist to offer United a mental edge in their attempt to better their form against the Premier League’s underdogs, but the approach backfired for the iconic United striker.
Rangnick will be hoping for a better fortune after forming a partnership with Lense in a desperate attempt to stop United from squandering games.
Reasons for a sports psychologist
“When you are 1-0 up and concede an equalizer it affects the minds of the players,” Rangnick said.
“They say we should have been 3-0 or 4-0 up and all of a sudden it’s 1-1 – it affects the mindset, it is obvious.”
“They are human beings, not robots.
“The situation is clear. In 11 out of the 13 games, we scored the first goal but only won half.
“It’s very sad and has cost us points in the league.
“We have to be more effective to score a second and a third goal and just kill the game off.
“But if that doesn’t happen, stick to the game plan, stay solid and stay tactically disciplined.
“We’ve given away goals too easily, and it was our own mistakes we made that allowed them to score.
“Against Burnley and Southampton, we should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up, but if we concede, it affects the confidence.
“Of course, I spoke to Sascha about that, and we speak regularly about that.
“The only thing we can do is speak to the players, one by one, to improve the team and explain why we conceded the goal and what we should do afterward to score second or third.”