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Ralf Rangnick open to staying beyond summer as Manchester United manager

What the papers say - Fri, 12/03/2021 - 10:04
  • Interim manager says: ‘If they speak with me we will see’
  • Rangnick hails Ronaldo’s fitness and willingness to help team

Ralf Rangnick would be open to becoming Manchester United’s permanent manager should the club offer him the role in summer when his interim tenure ends.

The German has a two-and-a-half-year contract, with the intention being that he stays in a consultancy role after this season. Asked whether he would consider remaining as the long-term manager Rangnick said: “The people here have been very clear talking about a six-month role. We have never spoken about what happen in summer. Right now I’m fully aware they might be looking for a new manager. If they will then speak with me about that we will see.”

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

What the papers say - Fri, 12/03/2021 - 00:00

Ralf Rangnick makes United bow, Nathan Aké needs to take his chance and Leeds wait on Patrick Bamford

Chelsea were far from their best in victory against Watford in midweek and Thomas Tuchel admitted his side were lucky to take all three points. The German was forced to rotate his squad heavily for the trip to Vicarage Road and will reshuffle his deck again before his team’s lunchtime appointment at West Ham after Trevoh Chalobah succumbed to a hamstring injury. The young central defender joins the key players Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kanté and Ben Chilwell in the treatment room. In better news for Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku got 21 minutes under his belt on Wednesday while Jorginho should replace Saúl Ñiguez, who, not for the first time this season, was hooked at half-time and looks to have played his last game on loan at the club. BG

West Ham v Chelsea, Saturday 12.30pm (all times shown GMT)

Newcastle v Burnley, Saturday 3pm

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Ralf Rangnick’s 24-match task: to go fourth with Manchester United | Jamie Jackson

What the papers say - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 23:01

The interim manager needs to take advantage of a favourable run of fixtures to secure a Champions League place

The Amazon Prime access-all-areas documentary of Ralf Rangnick’s 24-match Premier League tenure as Manchester United interim manager might be entitled “Finish Fourth”. Or, alternatively “The Gamble”.

Because, make no mistake: if the German, who watched this harum-scarum United victory over Arsenal on a picnic blanket to keep warm in the posh seats, has not lifted them into a Champions League place when match-day No 38 is over he will have failed. And, despite the billing of Rangnick and his career achievements, being parachuted in for a six-month Red Adair act is the latest dice-throw from United in the eight years and now six managers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

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Michael Carrick announces his departure from Manchester United

What the papers say - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 22:48
  • Stand-in manager exits the club after 3-2 defeat of Arsenal
  • Carrick says loyalty to Solskjær is ‘a factor’ in decision to leave

Michael Carrick’s three-match tenure as Manchester United caretaker manager ended with a 3-2 win over Arsenal and the 40-year-old announcing he had left the club after 15 years due, partly due to “loyalty” to Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who was sacked last month.

United’s victory came via two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and one from Bruno Fernandes, with Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Ødegaard scoring for Mikel Arteta’s visitors. It followed Sunday’s draw at Chelsea and the Champions League win at Villarreal under Carrick, who ended his time in charge unbeaten.

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Cristiano Ronaldo seals Manchester United’s fightback victory over Arsenal

What the papers say - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 22:19

Welcome to the mad house, Ralf. If Manchester United’s incoming interim manager was not fully aware of the size of the challenge that faced him, or how erratic his new team have come to look, it was highlighted before him during a performance that batted between the ridiculous and the sublime.

Ralf Rangnick had buckled up before kick-off in the directors’ box, his work permit having come through earlier in the day – although too late for him to have any involvement in the match – and he could be delighted at how United found a way to win.

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Manchester United v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

What the papers say - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 20:07

“I think United might be up for this one,” writes Bill Hargreaves. “One game on the bench for local heroes Maguire and Ronaldo as a pick-me-up; unburdening of the guilt associated with growing disrespect for our boy Ole; turning over a new leaf and showing the best side to new boy Ralf. Gooners without Bukayo, and Odegaard not yet firing. Heart says COYG, head fears a United show.”

Remember When department

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Ralf Rangnick to take charge of first Manchester United match on Sunday

What the papers say - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 12:23
  • German has work visa and will be manager against Crystal Palace
  • Michael Carrick to oversee Thursday’s game against Arsenal

Ralf Rangnick will take charge of his first match as Manchester United’s interim manager when Crystal Palace visit on Sunday after the paperwork regarding the German’s employment was completed on Thursday.

Rangnick has been granted a work visa and is expected to be in the stands on Thursday when United host Arsenal for an 8.15pm kick-off in Michael Carrick’s third and final game as the caretaker manager.

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Fallon Sherrock genius, Libertadores fun and Man Utd v Arsenal ruckus | Classic YouTube

What the papers say - Thu, 12/02/2021 - 10:00

This week’s roundup also features Miedema magic, the 1991 Rugby World Cup and AB De Villiers’s music

1) The final of the Copa Libertadores was exactly the quiet night in at the library that we thought it would be. First in the fifth minute of extra-time, poor old Andreas Pereira – on loan to Flamengo from Manchester United – dropped a rick for the ages, fed by David Luiz and dallying on the ball, allowing Deyverson to rob him and score what turned out to be the winner for Palmeiras. To restore the cosmic balance of things, here’s a brilliant goal Pereira scored last month. Anyway, as the clock ran down, Deyverson felt a hand on his back…

2)Arsenal visit Manchester United on Thursday in a fixture that used to be the most important in English football. Here are the key moments from the game in September 2003, a gentle little 0-0 draw, and here are its key flashpoints: Patrick Vieira’s red card, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s missed penalty and Martin Keown’s subsequent joy. And here are highlights of the next Old Trafford game between the sides, in October 2004 – featuring some tasty little challenges – in which Arsenal hoped to make it 50 league games unbeaten and did not; here’s Sky’s Fanzone commentary of the game (how did that not end in violence?); here’s the full-time rejoicing; here’s Cesc Fábregas finally admitting he threw the pizza, here he is giving a more detailed account, here’s Gary Neville talking about Pizzagate and the general animosity between the teams, and finally Rio Ferdinand’s post-match interview.

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Michael Carrick dismisses ‘myth’ that Cristiano Ronaldo can’t press

What the papers say - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 22:30
  • Manchester United caretaker has backed Ronaldo to adapt
  • Carrick says players are excited to work with Ralf Rangnick

Michael Carrick believes it is a “myth” that Cristiano Ronaldo is unable to press, with Manchester United’s caretaker manager stating that the 36-year-old and the rest of the squad will be able to adapt to the methods of Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick, who continues to wait for a work visa to start his spell as interim manager at Old Trafford, adheres to a high-pressing style and there is a view that Ronaldo is unable, at his age, to execute this. Carrick was asked whether this is true or not.

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Facundo Pellistri: ‘I wrote to Ole. He gave me the chance to play for United’

What the papers say - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 15:19

Manchester United winger on loan at Alavés discusses putting the wrong signature on a contract, his debt to Solskjær and future aims

Announce Pellistri. The transfer window was into added time, the clock was ticking and they were getting nervous, watching the seconds slip away and hitting f5 over and over. They were at Facundo Pellistri’s place, anyway. It was after midnight, deadline day October 2020, and Manchester United had said one more signing was coming, keeping supporters – and him – on edge. An extension had been requested but even that was running out. All because he wrote his name wrong.

“I had sent off the paperwork, ‘done’,” Pellistri recalls, sitting in the canteen at Deportivo Alavés, where he is on loan, teammates eating at another table. “But they came back: ‘No, no, the signatures don’t match.’ I had signed the contract with my signature but they said it had to be the same as my national ID card – and I’d had that since I was 10. I had to re-do it: scan everything again, print it off, sign it with a kid’s signature – write my name neatly, basically – and send it back.

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Ralf Rangnick work visa problems delay debut as Manchester United manager

What the papers say - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 12:28
  • Interim manager will not take charge against Arsenal
  • Michael Carrick to stay at helm for Thursday’s match

Michael Carrick will remain in charge of Manchester United for the Premier League match at home against Arsenal on Thursday because the club have not received the requisite paperwork for Ralf Rangnick.

The German has been appointed as interim manager until the end of the season but has not yet been granted a work visa. A United statement said: “While the club follows the regulatory process around a work visa, Carrick will continue at the helm.”

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Ralf Rangnick against the Manchester United machine: is it a masterstroke? | Barney Ronay

What the papers say - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 19:38

This mouthwatering prospect is arguably the most radical managerial appointment the Premier League has seen

Day one. Ralf has entered the chat. There will be a note of relief about the news, announced on Monday morning via a club release, that Manchester United have formally appointed their latest interim manager, follow-up to the previous interim-to-permanent, who was in turn replaced by the previous interim, who has been replaced now by the current interim.

First things first. Ralf Rangnick is a great “get” for United’s executive tier. The annual Premier League sacking season is not soundtracked by gruff-voiced middlemen pinging the phones of Premier League CEOs saying things like: “Ralf is very, repeat very, interested.” Rangnick is above all an ideologue. He has to like, and believe in, the thing you’re offering.

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Manchester United confirm Ralf Rangnick as interim manager

What the papers say - Mon, 11/29/2021 - 11:31
  • German arrives following agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Rangnick will be retained by United as a consultant until 2024

Ralf Rangnick has been confirmed as Manchester United’s interim manager to the end of the season after a deal was struck with Lokomotiv Moscow to release the German from his contract.

Rangnick has been working since July as Lokomotiv’s head of sports and development on a three-year deal. He has agreed to take the United job on a short-term basis on the condition that he will be retained as a consultant until 2024 and will have the power to influence decisions.

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Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

What the papers say - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 21:38

Thiago Silva put in an assured display while Timo Werner had a game to forget, and Bruno Fernandes looked uncomfortable in an unfamiliar role

Édouard Mendy The goalkeeper was helpless when United broke after Jorginho’s calamitous error in the second half. Sancho gave him no chance with a cool finish. 6/10

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Michael Carrick says Ralf Rangnick had no input in dropping Ronaldo

What the papers say - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 21:19
  • Carrick: ‘We wanted to stop the passes to Jorginho’
  • Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel: ‘We were the better team’

Michael Carrick said after Manchester United held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge that Ralf Rangnick had no influence on his decision to name Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench.

Rangnick is set to take over at Old Trafford on an interim basis this week, with a consultancy role to follow from June 2022, but Carrick insisted that the German had no say in his team selection against Chelsea. The caretaker opted for a counterpunching approach against the league leaders and he was quick to play down Gary Neville’s suggestion that the idea to leave Ronaldo out came from United’s incoming manager.

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Remote hand of Rangnick already in play as Ronaldo feels the chill | Barney Ronay

What the papers say - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 21:04

Manchester United’s new interim manager would have been watching closely as his soon-to-be players did their auditions at Stamford Bridge

As Cristiano Ronaldo prepared to come on to the pitch with an hour gone at Stamford Bridge, having already performed a dutiful kind of warm-up, idling along the touchline like a venerable old don taking a stroll on the chamomile lawns, a large book of laminated diagrams was waved in front of his nose.

Ronaldo, to his credit, made a decent show of having a look. Two decades into one of the great elite level careers, CR7 is not too proud for your diagrams. But there might have been a temptation to grab that folder and scour the hand written notes, to look for a sign, a prognosis of his own future in this mid-season revolution.

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Chelsea 1-1 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

What the papers say - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 18:51

Jorginho gifted Jadon Sancho United’s opener but he recovered to score from the spot to ensure the match ended level

“Both Tuchel and Klopp can’t be Kraftwerk,” says Bob Coyne. “Klopp is definitely more Faust.”

I did think about Faust, and I was also tempted to slap Amon Düül II on the table, but I decided they weren’t famous enough to be Klopp. I’ll level with you: it was, at best, a half-arsed analogy, I didn’t give it that much thought.

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Jorginho spot on as Chelsea fight back for point against Manchester United

What the papers say - Sun, 11/28/2021 - 18:50

It was a day when Manchester United defended in numbers, when they sacrificed all attacking ambition in pursuit of something – anything – to stop a rot that had claimed the former manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and sent their Premier League season into meltdown.

It was a long way from pretty but, watched from afar by Ralf Rangnick – the manager who is set to step in until the end of the season – the team got what they wanted.

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Michael Carrick sets consistency as gold standard for Manchester United

What the papers say - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 22:30
  • United capable of going on winning run, caretaker manager says
  • Chelsea lead United by 12 points before Stamford Bridge fixture

The statue of Manchester United’s Holy Trinity is a feature of the Old Trafford landscape. For a club increasingly burdened by unflattering comparisons to their past, while invariably generating more, the spectre of an unholy trilogy looms larger. Forget Best, Law and Charlton, this threatens to be an autumn to rank among their worst.

Sunday brings a third meeting with title contenders, their supposed peers, and the first two amounted to humiliations. United kick off at Stamford Bridge 12 points behind Chelsea and after conceding more than five times as many goals. Liverpool scored five of them, Manchester City a mere two, but neither bothered to add to their tally in the final 40 minutes as they seemed to declare against vanquished opponents. As Michael Carrick conceded, a gulf has opened up. If there is a divide between the best and the rest, United are found on the wrong side of it.

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Ralf Rangnick’s arrival signals shift from messiah fix to modern vision of the game | Jonathan Wilson

What the papers say - Sat, 11/27/2021 - 20:00

The idea of manager as a charismatic leader steeped in a club’s DNA is no way to run a football club – unless you’re Barcelona

As Manchester United go to Chelsea on Sunday, there may be regrets for roads not travelled. Six months after United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager, Chelsea also turned to one of their own. But they were far more ruthless and, despite the affection in which Frank Lampard was held by fans, they sacked him in January. The improvement under Thomas Tuchel was immediate and, 10 months on, Chelsea are European champions and top of the Premier League.

Would United be in a similar position had they turned to Tuchel earlier in the year? Probably not. The job Tuchel has done has been remarkable, but he is building on solid foundations: Chelsea are well-run and have recruited sensibly, in part funded by an academy that is now producing first-team players.

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