Manchester United coach Darren Fletcher has addressed the criticism received for their set-pieces after the appointment of Eric Ramsay for the role of set-piece coach. Harry Maguire recently scored their first goal from a set-piece this season-ending a run of 138 corners without a goal. Fletcher defended Ramsay citing that he had been brought in to help the team at defending set-pieces.
“People only give the one narrative about scoring from set-pieces,” Manchester United coach Darren Fletcher said. “The biggest reason Eric was brought in was that we were conceding too many goals from set-pieces. We have really improved our defending from set-pieces and wide free-kicks this season. Eric is a fantastic coach.”
“With Ralf and his staff coming in, and Michael and Kieran choosing to move on, we had a quick transition process, so part of my role has been to assist with that, both on the training pitch and during games,” he added. “I guess that’s been the most visible part for me this season, but that’s really an addition to my overall Technical Director role. Probably the key part of the role is taking a holistic view of the path for players from our Academy to our First Team. That pipeline of Academy talent is a massive part of who we are as a club. Anthony [Elanga] has done brilliantly since he broke into the first team, and Hannibal Mejbri has also been more involved in the squad.”