Ralf Rangnick is reportedly ready to become Manchester United’s permanent manager if the club offer him the job when an interim term that begins with Crystal Palace’s visit on Sunday ends this summer.
The German has a two-and-a-half-year contract with the intention being that he will remain in a consulting role after this season.
When asked if he would consider staying as a manager for the long term, Rangnick said: “People here have been very clear about a six-month role. We never talked about what happens in the summer. I am fully aware that they may be looking for a new manager. If they want to talk to me about it, we’ll see.
The 63-year-old then joked about when he worked as a sporting director for RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig: “Maybe if they ask me for my opinion and everything is going well and we develop the team, I might even make the same recommendation to the board that I did twice in Leipzig when I recommended that maybe it would be a good idea to continue working with me for a year. But this is all hypothetical. We can’t talk about it. For me now, it’s about winning the next matches.
Rangnick admitted that the precise description of his consultancy role was not detailed. “We haven’t talked about it in all the conversations we’ve had with John [Murtough, football director] and also with Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman]. I also had a long phone call with Joel Glazer [co-owner] for more than half an hour. But we haven’t talked about what will happen over the next two years, from next summer to summer 2024. “
Rangnick described as “nonsense” that he would earn a bonus if he signed Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, with whom he worked at RB Salzburg, and ruled out a January transfer for the forward. “We already have some great offensive players here,” he said.
Rangnick explained how he could advise the club as a manager and consultant when he criticizes the transfer strategy since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013. “The club have had no continuity in signing new players and in keeping with the club’s DNA, ”he said. “Going forward, the members of the board of directors and I have the same opinion. It is important not to have a lot of changes in management.
Rangnick takes control of a three-point West Ham side in fourth and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea. Rangnick was present in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, a performance for United as patchy as they have been in the past two months.
Rangnick cited the managerial abilities of Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola as a difference.
“They are definitely a good team enough to compete in the top four. If you look at the top three teams, they seem very stable, probably among the best coaches in the world. When Jürgen arrived at Liverpool, the team he inherited at the time was certainly not a better team than the one I inherit at United.
“Whenever I’ve come to other clubs in the middle of the season, which I have done in Stuttgart or Schalke twice, you have to make sure you have the greatest chance of winning the next game. Then, step by step, let the players participate. They have to go with me, they have to not only follow my instructions, but they have to accept the idea that I can offer them how we should want to play.
Rangnick has previously said he turned down an offer from Chelsea to be the interim manager because players may view his temporary status as a weakness. “We only talked about the interim manager for four months, with no long-term job prospects,” he said. “Here, now we’ve only played a third of the Premier League games and we’ve agreed on a two-year advisory role and when a club like Manchester United contacts you you can’t refuse. “
After Michael Carrick left United on Thursday after 15 years, having been the interim manager for the last three matches, Rangnick has indicated that he intends to bring in his own staff. “I’m obviously going to try to find one, two, maybe three people who can join us in a week or two, but due to the Brexit regulations it’s not too easy. “
Rangnick should implement an urgent style. He played down Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, unable to execute that. “Having seen Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, an incredible top professional. What I saw from Cristiano yesterday, he is more than willing to make his contribution to the team.
Regarding strengthening the squad next month, Rangnick said it was not on his mind at the moment. “Winter is not the best possible time for sustainable transfers,” he said.