One of the highlights of Manchester United’s preseason win over Everton was the success of set pieces at both ends.

Everton are a physical side that have caused problems for United in the past. In that game, if only in a friendly, United got along without any problems.

Of even greater satisfaction was at the other end. Harry Maguire scored a powerful header after a set piece. We had hoped for that when he signed for the club, but his percentage of goalscoring from corners was bad.

Maguire still had a chance after scoring, then Bruno Fernandes hit a free kick to crown a successful start.

So why the sudden success of set pieces? It’s hard not to associate the performance with the arrival of manager Eric Ramsay.

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Immediate effect

Ramsay has been hired as a set-piece specialist and the first signs look promising. The former Chelsea manager had a full pre-season to work with the players.

This was a reasonable date as defending set pieces was a major weak spot for United last season and, along with signing Raphael Varane, Ramsay could prove valuable early on in the season.

United may not have seen any signings against Everton, but Ramsay’s influence was evident.

The actual jury will of course come out at the beginning of the season, but based on what we saw at Old Trafford today, there are many reasons to be positive about this appointment and the improvement of the team.

reaction

United supporters were quick to praise Ramsay for his role in United’s 4-0 win …

Eric Ramsay does a lot … 👀😂🔴

– WHF! 🇾🇪 (@UtdWesleyy) August 7, 2021

3 goals from set pieces. Eric Ramsay is the newcomer of the season

– Mandar (@MisalpavStanAcc) August 7, 2021

Eric Ramsay’s work is already paying off.

– (@utdrobbo) August 7, 2021

Eric Ramsay is already improving our set pieces? Yes x

– Ms. Sancho x (@iamnasrra) August 7, 2021

Call Eric Ramsay! Please hit from corners regularly and defend them successfully.

– Tahmid (@ Tahmid71) August 7, 2021

Eric Ramsay, the most significant addition of the summer.

– Anshuman Singh🇮🇳 (@ anshum95) August 7, 2021

The Eric Ramsay Effect

– Jacob ️ (@BalIKnowledge) August 7, 2021

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