Rangnick, 63, is expected to be installed as United’s new boss on a six-month contract, before moving to a consulting post at Old Trafford once his management term ends.
United made the decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last weekend after the 4-1 loss to Watford at Vicarage Road and have confirmed they will look to an interim manager to lead the club through to the end of this season.
However, United felt he had a chance to lure Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino to the club mid-season, but saw his opening attempt to try to sideline the Argentinian from the French capital pushed back. Therefore, they were forced to go back to the original plan and turn to Rangnick, with the arrival of the Germans at Old Trafford imminent.
Although Rangnick will bring a wealth of experience to the club, Redknapp, a very experienced boss himself, criticized the decision, saying he had “never heard anything so stupid” and that he would have liked to see Michael Carrick make a pass in the position.
“The fact that United brought in interim Ralf Rangnick to replace the interim, before they got the man they really want, is ridiculous,” said Redknapp, writing his column for The Sun.
“I have never heard anything so stupid in my life, no matter how you look at it.
“If they wanted Mauricio Pochettino, as we’ve been led to believe, then there were ways to get there now.
“And if they had to wait for him, they shouldn’t have put Michael aside and put someone on top of him for a few months.” What does it mean ? We don’t trust you? “
Redknapp has known Carrick well from their time together at West Ham United earlier this century. For him, Carrick should have been the club’s choice to take over on an interim basis due to his knowledge of United and how it works.
Redknapp added: “The point is that [Carrick] United know United inside and out. He has a great footballing brain – you don’t play the game like he did unless you understand it.
“If they needed to bring someone in before a manager was appointed then have a coach by their side because they were a down man after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left.
“They should have chosen someone with experience, but let Michael run the show until then. “
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