What the papers say
- France midfielder is in the final year of his United contract
- ‘Players have to want to play for a big club,’ says manager
Ralf Rangnick will not try to persuade Paul Pogba to stay at Manchester United if the midfielder wants to go. The France international is in the final year of his deal and can sign a pre-contract agreement with another team from January. Rangnick was asked what he could do to influence Pogba to agree fresh terms and whether it was worth keeping a player who did not wish to remain at the club.
“I wouldn’t say he’s not worth keeping,” the interim manager said. “But players have to want to play for a big club like Manchester United. If a player does not want to play Manchester United in the medium or long term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.Continue reading...
Ralf Rangnick has made a positive start at Manchester United and things could look a lot better by the end of 2021. A trip to Norwich is followed by matches against Brentford, Brighton, Newcastle and Burnley. Dean Smith’s honeymoon at Carrow Road came to an abrupt end last weekend in the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham and Norwich’s upcoming fixtures do not look quite so friendly with the visit of United followed games against West Ham and Arsenal over the festive period. Smith could also be without up to four players against United due to Covid and unspecified injuries. Stephen Hollis
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- Forward targeting move in January for more game time
- Rangnick ready to discuss loans for unhappy players
Anthony Martial is intent on departing Manchester United in January in pursuit of more game time, his agent has said. The forward, signed in 2015 for £36m rising to a possible £55m, has started only three Premier League or Champions League matches this season.
“Anthony wishes to leave the club in January,” Philippe Lamboley told Sky Sports News. “He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”Continue reading...
Ralf Rangnick admitted he was 'annoyed' with Manchester United's regression that contributed to a 1-1 draw with Swiss side Young Boys in their final Champions League group match. He said: 'In the last 10 minutes of the first half we played more or less like the team played in the weeks before. We were less proactive, we were dropping back too far.' Mason Greenwood's ninth-minute strike was cancelled out by Fabian Rieder's curling effort three minutes before half-time, as United finished top of Group F on 11 points with Young Boys bottomContinue reading...
In his second game as United boss, Ralf Rangnick shuffled the pack to take a look at the rest of his first-team squad, plus a few youngsters from the academy
5 min: United are knocking it around crisply now, the ball moving fast across rain-sodden turf. Wan-Bissaka has acres to run into down the right but shows too much of it to Lustenberger and the chance to cross is gone.
3 min: Mata hoicks a speculative ball forward. Young Boys don’t deal with it. Diallo prepares to break clear into the box, but his own man Elanga gets in the way. Diallo is forced a little to the left, and though he gets a shot away, he’s now falling backwards and can’t get any power behind it. So close to a dream start for United’s young boys.Continue reading...
In selecting a Manchester United XI that may never again play together due to its blend of fringe and senior players requiring game-time, Ralf Rangnick will have pleased all fielded while gleaning precious information regarding the interim manager’s new squad.
Heading the file is how Mason Greenwood sparkled with a spectacular opener and was at ease executing the high press Rangnick demands. The German will be less enamoured of the way Donny van de Beek dozed to allow Young Boys an equaliser but can gain succour, too, from the willingness of all in red to bring a zest to the contest.Continue reading...
- Sascha Lense worked with Rangnick at RB Leipzig
- ‘The players in our team should think in the right way’
Ralf Rangnick has recruited Sascha Lense to be Manchester United’s first sports psychologist for two decades, describing the move as “absolutely logical” if the team are to be successful.
United’s previous mental coach was Bill Beswick, who joined in 1999 when Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager and left two years later. Lense, who is yet to have his work visa processed, worked with Rangnick at RB Leipzig from 2015-18. The interim manager was asked whether he was surprised that a club of United’s profile did not employ a psychologist.Continue reading...
- Rangnick familiar with coach from New York Red Bulls
- Armas was sacked by Toronto FC in July this year
Ralf Rangnick is expected to make his first coaching appointment as Manchester United interim manager, with Chris Armas set to join after the departure of Michael Carrick.
Armas, 49, was the New York Red Bulls head coach from 2018-20. In 2019 Rangnick became head of sport and development for Red Bull, the MLS franchise owner, having been football director at RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, so he is familiar with the American’s work.Continue reading...
Leicester have problems, Divock Origi rises to the occasion again and Oliver Skipp grows in importance for Spurs
Perhaps Ralf Rangnick’s biggest selection call in his first match in charge was to retain Diogo Dalot at right-back ahead of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Alex Telles continuing at left-back in the absence of Luke Shaw. Both were integral to United’s win: Telles having more touches than anyone else on the pitch, Dalot a frequent and threatening outlet on the right flank. In a way, this is another area in which United have fallen behind the elite in recent years, and Rangnick’s approach here suggested an attempt to redress the balance. Attacking full-backs? It may just catch on. Jonathan Liew
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- Interim manager starts reign with victory over Crystal Palace
- ‘What they showed was more than I expected’
Ralf Rangnick was delighted with Manchester United’s “front-foot” performance as his opening match as interim manager ended with a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The victory, which came via Fred’s 77th-minute strike and featured only a third league clean sheet this season, lifted United to sixth place with 24 points, three behind West Ham in the final Champions League berth, in a fourth unbeaten match across all competitions.Continue reading...
The Ralf Rangnick era begins with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace but it would be wrong to read too much into the victory
New managers get the benefit of the doubt. Even language breaks their way. A 1-0 win against Crystal Palace that might have been described as streaky under Ole Gunnar Solskjær becomes a hard-fought three points under Ralf Rangnick. While Solskjær showed “indecision” in delaying his substitutions, here Rangnick confidently “bided his time”. A fortnight ago, this was a performance that would have “papered over the cracks”. Now, it is a “platform to build on”.
And so for all the temptation to read the early runes, to derive immutable learnings from these 90 minutes against limited opposition, it’s probably worth pointing out at the outset that none of this really means anything yet. It was possible, if you were that way inclined, to glimpse in this game the rebirth of United as an elite pressing team, the redemption of Fred, the end of the road for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Donny van de Beek. In reality it was three points and a fresh start, and how painfully United were in need of both.Continue reading...
“We love you Rangnick, we do,” sang the Stretford End towards the end of a game in which Fred was the unlikely hero of a deserved win for the interim manager, Ralf Rangnick, in his first game in charge.
The winner was a smooth mid-range finish from the maligned Brazilian – with his lesser-used right foot – and derived from a cute pass from Mason Greenwood, on for Jadon Sancho, who had been United’s best performer.Continue reading...
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The players (and coaches) take the knee, uniting against racism and all forms of discrimination – and we’re off!
Wayne “Wazza” Rooney has just taken his place in the directors’ box at Old Trafford. The teams are about to come out on to the pitch. The Rangnick era is about to begin.Continue reading...
The interim manager wants ‘to celebrate the DNA’ of the club but will not copy Solskjær in trying to revive Ferguson’s ethos
Even as Ralf Rangnick set his sights on shifting Manchester United’s focus from their past to the future, he began with a journey into his own history. His has been an unconventional route to Old Trafford but the interim manager recalled his impromptu role as Jürgen Klopp’s unofficial agent, a failed attempt to hire Thomas Tuchel for a second time and the day he went to scout Callum Hudson-Odoi and came away determined to sign Jadon Sancho.
The “godfather of gegenpressing”, as Rangnick has been christened, is keen to arrange a dinner with the godfather of United. Yet his new job is no nostalgia trip for a manager who faced Sir Alex Ferguson with Schalke in the 2011 Champions League semi-finals. Whereas Ole Gunnar Solskjær seemed to be in a 1990s re-enactment society, Rangnick is positioning himself as United’s ambitious moderniser. Rewind decades and that description applied to Sir Matt Busby and then Ferguson, the men who forged United before becoming anachronisms in the 2020s.Continue reading...
The Bundesliga has left its mark on a clutch of coaches at England’s most successful clubs – including Pep Guardiola
As Michael Carrick gallantly stepped aside on Wednesday night, the exit of the old and the arrival of the new was officially signed off. When Ralf Rangnick takes charge of Manchester United for the first time against Crystal Palace early on Sunday afternoon, it will be the latest wave of German coaching influence at the top of the Premier League.
Jürgen Klopp’s gutsy propulsion of Liverpool back to prominence has already left an indelible mark on 21st-century English football and Thomas Tuchel, Klopp’s successor at Mainz and then Borussia Dortmund, has been the surprise hit of 2021 in a league that has become an arms race of high-end coaches. Throw in Pep Guardiola, who coached Bayern for three years from 2013, then all of the Premier League’s big four have coaches with relatively recent experience of the sharp end of the Bundesliga.Continue reading...
Who will Ralf Rangnick pick? How will his Manchester United set up? How much pressing and structure will the XI have under the so-called “godfather of German foootball”? Tune in at 2pm on Sunday to Old Trafford to find out against a Crystal Palace side who went to the Etihad Stadium earlier this season and handed Manchester City a rare 2-0 lesson before their own fans. Rangnick has cautioned – correctly – that time is needed to fix the ailing United but time is the one commodity even an interim manager of the club is never granted by so many United supporters. Jamie Jackson
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Interim manager reminded his audience he knows Erling Haaland well, but wants control before spending on players
Control, control, control: Ralf Rangnick’s mantra regarding what Manchester United are missing was also an apt characterisation of a 63-year-old who having just strode into a behemoth global football club oozed calm and clarity during his first media conference as their interim manager.
The big poser, of course, is how long this will last should United struggle? But, for the moment, Rangnick illustrated why the club trust him. Arriving five minutes before the advertised 9am start, the German was dry-witted, smart, deferential and, most pertinently, displayed a forensic eye regarding his new side after their impersonation of a rabble over much of the last two months.Continue reading...
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On Cristiano Ronaldo, Rangnick is diplomatic. “Having watched him last night, especially in the second half he made the difference. At his age I have never seen a player who is that physically fit. What I saw from Cristiano yesterday he is more than willing to put himself out there for the team. It’s not only the players who have to adapt, The team has to adapt to the players too.”
He says he met Carrick a couple of days ago and he had already made his decision to leave. “I will try to get one, two or three people to join my coaching staff soon but it is not that easy with Brexit visa issues,” he explains.Continue reading...
Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United's new interim manager, described his excitement at joining the club, and said his first priority is to 'keep the ball away from our goal'.
The 63-year-old German, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract including a consultancy role after this season, pledged to bring 'more balance' to the team by shoring up its defence. Manchester United have conceded an average of two goals per game, he said, which was 'too much'.
'For me it is to minimise the coincidence factor and have control of the game,' Rangnick added.
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