Jadon Sancho’s impending transfer to Manchester United may be considered the signing of the summer for many around Old Trafford, but another new arrival could make waves of his own.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the latest addition to his coaching staff on Monday, with Eric Ramsay joining to work one-on-one with players, as well as ‘take ownership’ of United’s set-plays.
Ramsay spent two years as assistant coach with Chelsea’s under-23s, but he’s left to take up a first-team role with their Premier League rivals for the upcoming campaign.
Solskjaer, 48, told United’s official website how delighted he was to have recruited the tactician: “We've been fortunate enough to convince Eric Ramsay to come and join the best club in the world and in the country.
“He’s a very highly rated coach who is going to be working with individuals and in charge of set-plays as well.
“We’re excited. He’s young, fresh and with new ideas, an innovative coach we know from before. Kieran [McKenna] knows him really well from Loughborough, so we’re very pleased with that.”
Ramsay spent three years inside Swansea City’s youth setup before climbing the ranks with his hometown club, Shrewsbury Town, from 2017.
He spent two seasons with the League One outfit but left New Meadow to take up a role coaching Chelsea’s under-23s, helping the team clinch the Premier League 2 title in 2020.
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United’s 73 league goals last season were second only to champions Manchester City as they finished as runners-up, but only seven of those were scored from set pieces.
The Premier League’s other top-four finishers—City, Chelsea and Liverpool—each managed at least 12 set-piece goals.
Arsenal and Leicester (six apiece) were the only Premier League teams that finished in the top half of the table who recorded fewer set-piece goals than United last season.
Ramsay became the youngest Briton to earn his UEFA Pro Licence after he attained the accreditation at the age of 27 in 2019, taking up a position with Chelsea shortly after.
He’s also been recruited as an individual development coach, which should see him focus on working alongside senior players in a one-to-one capacity.
Nicky Butt was United’s head of development before he left the club in March, although his responsibilities were more concerned with transitioning players to the first team from the academy.
Along with his considerable football qualifications, Ramsay speaks Spanish and French, which should only aid further in helping the likes of Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani.
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