Venerable German coach Ralf Rangnick was hired on Monday to lead Manchester United until the end of the season, a nomination that will shake up the style of play and the management structure of the Premier League squad in its bid to return to the top of English football.
Rangnick, 63, has left his post as head of sports and development at Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow to take the helm of United, which has been led by ex-player Michael Carrick since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking on November 21 .
United plan to hire a permanent manager during the offseason, when Rangnick will take on a “consulting role for two more years,” the club said.
Rangnick is a pioneer of the high-intensity pressing game developed in Germany and increasingly dominant across the world over the past decade, so his arrival at Old Trafford for his first job in English football is expected to shake up the style of United’s game as a record 20-time English champions looking to save their season.
United are in eighth place in the Premier League, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea after 13 games, with Solskjaer unable to come up with a cohesive game plan to challenge his biggest rivals in England.
Rangnick is expected to provide that, although the way some players – especially Cristiano Ronaldo, 36 – adapt will be fascinating to watch.
âThe team is full of talent and has a good balance of youth and experience,â Rangnick said. “All of my efforts over the next six months will be to help these players realize their potential, both individually and, most importantly, as a team.” Rangnick’s first game in charge will be against Arsenal on Thursday if he is able to secure a work visa by then. Otherwise, Carrick will continue in his interim role.
United manager John Murtough described Rangnick as “one of the most respected coaches and innovators in European football”. âHe was our # 1 candidate for the interim manager, reflecting the invaluable leadership and technical skills he will bring from nearly four decades of management and coaching experience,â said Murtough.
United went from the relative inexperience of Solskjaer, who was in charge for three years and failed to win a trophy despite improving squad roster, to a coach at Rangnick who had an influence on managers like Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea. , Julian Nagelsmann of Bayern Munich and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool.
He has experience as a sporting director and manager of the first team, in particular within the network of Red Bull clubs with roles in Salzburg and Leipzig. Prior to that, he won the German Cup with Schalke in 2011 when he also reached the Champions League semi-finals.
Rangnick has held a management position at Lokomotiv since July.
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