Ralf Rangnick has been complimented by Harry Maguire for the defensive makeover he has undertaken at Manchester United since taking over for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United have had a rocky start to life under the interim coach, and they are still trying to break down opponents or dominate games.
However, there is no disputing the defensive progress that United has shown in recent weeks.
Under Rangnick, United has only conceded seven goals in ten games and has kept a clean sheet in four of those games.
The better defensive work is excellent news for club captain Maguire, but he still expects more from his team, particularly in terms of how they play when in control of the ball.
“I think he’s introduced a lot of different principles into the club,” he told United Review. “But, without a doubt, we haven’t conceded as many goals or as many chances.”
“It’s a team effort; it’s not just a back-four or a goalkeeping effort.” It’s a collaborative effort. Our lives are made a little simpler by the way they [the midfielders and forwards] work and cover spaces in front of us, but it takes a lot of effort from all of us.
“However, I believe there is still much room for improvement, particularly with the ball today.”
“We need to carry a little bit more of a threat with the ball and look after the ball a little bit better than we have in recent weeks.”