Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United interim manager says role in ‘biggest club’ in the world is too good to be turned down

Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United interim manager says role in ‘biggest club’ in the world is too good to be turned down

Ralf Rangnick says he “couldn’t have turned down” the chance to become Manchester United’s interim manager and he is ready to stay in the role beyond the end of the season.

Rangnick began his role as Manchester United’s new interim manager for the remainder of the campaign after his work permit and necessary documents were approved.

He will meet the players ahead of a training session on Friday afternoon as they prepare for Sunday’s home game against Crystal Palace.

The 63-year-old watched at Old Trafford on Thursday night as a goal from Bruno Fernandes and a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo beat Arsenal in a 3-2 victory. United’s second win in three games was a return to form as interim boss Michael Carrick left, following a poor run that resulted in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking.

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Ralf Rangnick says his priority is to bring more balance to Manchester United after seeing their 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford

In his first press conference as United boss ahead of his first game in charge, Rangnick described his short and long term goals at the club, with his first priorities being to tackle their defensive record and close the gap. gap with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. in the table.

The German wants to create a more balanced squad to help United compete with their Premier League rivals.

Rangnick said: “We’re talking about six and a half months, one-third of the games, and we’ve agreed to a two-year consultative deal. If a club like Manchester United approaches you for such a role, you can’t transform it. down.

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“It’s one of the biggest clubs, if not the biggest club in the world. It’s a big challenge, but I’m more than happy to work with this group of players.

“I mean obviously I watched the last few games, I also watched, out of interest, the games against Liverpool and Manchester City, so I’m pretty up to date with what’s going on at the club.

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“The main goal for me is just to bring more balance to the team. We conceded two goals yesterday and if you look at the total number of goals conceded, it’s an average of two per game.

“It’s just too much. These are not the kind of games you need every day. In football for me, it’s about minimizing the coincidence factor.

“It’s about winning games and in the end I’m very ambitious. We want to make the season as successful as possible. For now, we need to be realistic. The difference between us and the first three is great. But let’s see. “

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“We haven’t talked about summer yet”

After his tenure as interim manager ends in June, former Schalke, RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim boss Rangnick will continue to work at Old Trafford for at least two more years in a consultant role.

But the highly-rated German tactician is not ruling out the possibility of staying in post beyond the end of the 2021/22 campaign.

He said: “I mean, the people I have spoken with so far have been very clear that we are currently talking about a six and a half month role as a manager.

“We never talked about what will happen this summer. At the moment, I am fully aware that they may be looking for a new manager.

“Maybe if they ask me for my opinion and everything goes well and we develop the team, I could even make the same recommendation to the board that I made in Leipzig twice, when I Recommended that it might 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 and that’s the main goal. “

Michael Carrick decided to leave Manchester United after ending his tenure as interim manager
Michael Carrick decided to leave United after ending his tenure as interim manager

“I tried to convince Carrick to stay”

Carrick has announced he is leaving United following the end of his tenure as a goalkeeper in charge in which he helped boost morale at Old Trafford with a 2-0 win over Villarreal to advance to the League round of 16. of champions, a 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea, and Thursday’s victory over Arsenal.

Rangnick has revealed he has had a long discussion with the former United midfielder about the prospect of remaining at the club, but Carrick’s decision has already been made.

Criticism has been leveled at United’s coaching staff after Solskjaer oversaw five losses in seven games before his sacking. Rangnick is keen to make a few additions to his team behind the scenes while also benefiting from the knowledge available to current coaches.

He added: “I had a conversation with Michael for over an hour and tried to convince him [to stay], but he needed a break and I understand his decision.

“I am more than happy to work with the current team as I need their expertise on the current team. I’ll try to find one, two, maybe three people to help us. But because of Brexit, it’s not that easy.

“A lot of my former colleagues have long term contracts with other clubs so we have to be smart. “

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“It’s about developing the team, not just Ronaldo”

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 800th career goal finding the net twice, with a low 52nd-minute goal and a penalty against Arsenal, continuing his impressive form since returning to the club this summer.

While Rangnick spoke of working on United’s defensive strength, the German also praised Ronaldo’s level of fitness and his ability to influence Premier League games given his age.

Rangnick said: “You always have to adapt your style and your way of playing to the players you have, and not the other way around, and seeing Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, incredible, a great professional.

“At his age, I have never seen a player who is still so physically fit, and he is a player who can still easily make the difference.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores the game-winning goal from the penalty spot in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford
Ronaldo scores the game-winning goal from the penalty spot in United’s victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford

“It’s about how to develop the whole team, not just Cristiano. We play in the most competitive league in the world, so we have to integrate these players.

“What I saw of Cristiano yesterday he is more than willing to do and contribute to the team and his teammates will have to do the same. “

“The speech on the Haaland transfer is nonsense”

With less than a month to go until the January transfer window opens, Rangnick has indicated that he has not yet been involved in any discussions with the club’s hierarchy regarding potential targets, and insists that he is happy with the size of the United squad.

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has been regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford and his £ 68million release clause becomes active next year.

Rangnick, who was involved in Haaland’s signing process for Red Bull Salzburg from Norwegian club Molde in 2019, was quick to dismiss any speculation.

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He said: “We haven’t talked about new players. Now is the time to get to know the current squad in detail, the squad is certainly not too small. There are enough players.

“Maybe after Christmas there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter. In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be difficult in winter. “

“This is obviously nonsense. There is no such clause in my contract. It makes no sense to speculate on new players.

“Erling Haaland is a fantastic striker. I know myself better because I was with the people from RB Salzburg at the time.

“I was also a little involved in the move [Haaland’s] from Molde to Salzburg so I know what kind of player he is, but in the meantime the whole world has realized how good the player is. Two years ago there were only a few people who believed.

“I am more than happy. The offensive players that we have here, we have so many better players in the offensive department that we don’t need to talk about other players. “

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