Manchester United agree deal for Rangnick: Who is United's new interim manager?
Ralf Rangnick is set to become the new interim manager of Manchester United. He will sign a 6-month next week and he is happy to join to help the club in this tough period.
The reason he accepted this deal was because Manchester United offered him a consultancy position at the club until June 2024.
But lets get more into who Ralf Rangnick is and what he’ll bring to Manchester United;
Who is Ralf Rangnick ?
Rangnick had an unsuccessful playing career, however, his managerial career did turn out great. He started at his hometown club Viktoria Backnang and he continued coaching in the lower divisions of German football for a number of years before he was given the chance to manage former side VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga but was sacked after a difficult second season at the club.
He then managed Hannover 96 and did a great job by earning promotion to the Bundesliga. He then later on applied to become the assistant coach for the German national team however he missed out on the role.
Rangnick then went on to enjoy success at Hoffenheim and Schalke 04. In the second year at Schalke, he won the German Cup, German Super Cup, and he also reached the semi finals of the Champions League, going on to lose to Manchester United.
He then took a break from football management and became the sporting director for both Red Bull Salzburg and Red Bull Leipzig.
He is well known in Germany for bringing RB Leipzig from the lower leagues of German football, into the UEFA Champions League. He brought the likes of Timo Werner, Emil Forsberg, Naby Keita to this growing club.
Rangnick has been in charge of sports and development at Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow since last summer.
What can Rangnick bring to Manchester United ?
Ralf Rangnick is known as a ‘professor of football’. He is known for being a huge part of the success of other coaches such as Jürgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel, Ralph Hasenhüttl and Julian Nagelsmann.
He is known for his ‘Gegenpress’ style of football, where a team instantly fights to win the ball back after losing possession. He’s also gets his teams to play on the front foot, he loves a high pressing team.
On his tactics and approach, he has said that: “If you want to increase the speed of your game, you have to develop quicker minds rather than quicker feet."
“At RB Leipzig, we work on increasing the memory space and the processing pace. We put players into the Soccerbot, for example – a machine that simulates previous games and allows players to relive key moments of matches. It’s PlayStation football, but with your feet."
"The players enjoy it so much we have a hard time getting some of them to stop. Tactics, fitness and rules are all hugely important, but they’re only a means to an end. My job – the job – is to improve players."
"Players follow you as a manager if they feel that you make them better. That’s the greatest, most sincere motivation there is.”
Lets see what he can do at Manchester United…