Rangnick was named United’s new interim manager on a six-month contract and was present as his new side beat Arsenal 3-2 to sit three points off the top four.
Revered in Germany as a revolutionary tactician and motivator, much speculation has started about Rangnick’s United appearance, and we have even more clues after his introductory press conference.
The big question was whether football’s top scorer Ronaldo would manage to fit into Rangnick’s plans.
Doubts have been raised as to whether the 36-year-old can cope with the gegenpressing godfather, but Rangnick has now dismissed those claims.
“What I saw of Cristiano yesterday, he is more than willing to step forward for the team,” he said. “It’s not just the players who have to adapt, the team has to adapt to the players as well. “
Rangnick will replace interim manager Michael Carrick in the dugout against Palace, following the former interim England international’s brief stint following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Results improved under Carrick, with wins over Arsenal and Atalanta, as well as a draw against league leaders Chelsea.
Carrick has made some roster changes in his three games in charge, and former United midfielder Kelberson believes Rangnick can learn from those changes.
“I really like the way Michael Carrick pitted the team against Chelsea with the three midfielders Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matić and the three guys up front,” he explained.
“Marcus Rashford is a very talented player and Jadon Sancho brings a lot of good qualities to the team.
“Maybe we can add Cristiano Ronaldo to this roster, but Sancho did a great job on the right and that’s where Ronaldo might want to play and come in.
“If Ronaldo can play, these are the three I would play. Rashford, Sancho and Ronaldo are United’s best frontlines. But, once the new manager is in place, we’ll have a better idea of Ronaldo’s place in the squad.
Despite Carrick’s claims to the contrary, Kleberson believes his United squads have been influenced by Rangnick and has explained what can be expected of the new boss.
“The team Michael Carrick formed against Chelsea certainly had some influence from Ralf Rangnick,” he said.
“He will come up with a lot of ideas on pressing and counterpressing and aggressive defense. These are the things he will likely work on and this is definitely where United need to improve. When they don’t have the ball, all four backs must be engaged, well placed and turned on.
“In terms of pressing, he has already started to introduce that into the three forwards played by Carrick who are good pressers and very quick on the transition. These are the things he is going to start working on.
talkSPORT has also been told that goalkeeper David de Gea could face the ax after hitting the ground for Arsenal’s opener in the Gunners win.
de Gea fell to the ground after being trampled on during a corner kick, Emile Smith Rowe then blew up the opener in a virtually empty net.
After consulting with VAR, it was confirmed that the contact came from de Gea’s own teammate, Fred, meaning the goal was held, with de Gea quickly getting back on his feet to complain.
The win may have put de Gea’s place in jeopardy, and it may have secured Ronaldo’s place, and here’s what that could look like under Rangnick.
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