Ralf Rangnick: Manchester United interim manager says role at world’s ‘biggest club’ was too good to turn down | Football News

Ralf Rangnick says he “couldn’t turn down” the role of interim manager for Manchester United and the German wants to create a more balanced squad to help them compete with their Premier League rivals.

Rangnick began his role as Manchester United’s new interim manager for the remainder of the campaign after his work permit and necessary paperwork 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 Thursday night a goal by Bruno Fernandes and a double from Cristiano Ronaldo to lead Arsenal to a 3-2 victory. United’s second win in three matches marked an improvement in their form under departing interim coach Michael Carrick, after a poor streak that culminated in the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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

In his first press conference as United manager before his first game in charge, Rangnick outlined his short and long-term goals at the club, with his primary priorities tackling their defensive record and closing the gap with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. in the table.

Rangnick said: “We are talking about six and a half months, a third of the matches, and we have agreed a two-year advisory deal. If a club like Manchester United approaches you for such a role, you cannot turn it under.

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

“I mean obviously I watched the last matches, I also watched with interest the matches against Liverpool and Manchester City, so I am well aware of what is 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 will be on average two goals per game.

“That’s too much. These are not the kind of matches you need every day. In football for me, it is to minimize the chance factor.

“It’s about winning matches and, in the end, I’m very ambitious. We want to make the most successful season possible. For now, we have to be realistic. The difference between us and the top three is big. But let’s see.”

Michael Carrick has decided to leave Manchester United after ending his tenure as interim coach
Michael Carrick has decided to leave United after completing his tenure as interim coach

I tried to convince Karik to stay

Carrick announced his departure from United after the end of a temporary training period during which he helped lift the mood at Old Trafford with a 2-0 win over Villarreal to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League, in a 1-1 draw with the Premier League. Leaders Chelsea, Thursday’s victory over Arsenal.

Rangnick revealed that he had spoken to the former United midfielder at length about the possibility of staying at the club, but Carrick’s mind was already made up.

United’s coaching staff were criticized after Solskjaer oversaw five defeats in seven matches before being sacked. Rangnick wants to make some additions to his back team while also drawing on the knowledge at the disposal of the 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 staff because I need their experience in the current team. I will try to find one, two or maybe three people to help us. But because of Brexit, it is not that easy.

“Many of my former teammates are on long-term contracts with other clubs, so we have to be smart.”

After his stint as interim manager expires in June, Schalke, RB Leipzig and former Hoffenheim chief Rangnick will continue to work at Old Trafford for at least another two years in an advisory role.

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Asked if he could stay as manager after the end of this season, he said: “The people I’ve spoken to, they’ve been very clear that his role is six months away.

“We’ve never talked about what will happen in the summer. If they talk about this to me, we’ll see. If they ask me what I think, I might make the same recommendation that I made at RB Leipzig twice, it might be better to work with me for a year.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 800th career goal to lead Manchester United to a 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

“It’s about team development, not just Ronaldo.”

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 800th career goal as he netted twice, with a low shot in the 52nd minute and a penalty kick against Arsenal, to continue his impressive form since returning to the club in the summer.

While Rangnick spoke of working on United’s defensive solidity, the German also praised Ronaldo’s fitness levels and ability to impact Premier League matches given his age.

Rangnick said: “You always have to adapt your style and the way you play to the players you have and not the other way around, and after I watched Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, he is fantastic, a great professional.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo scores the winning goal from a penalty kick during Manchester United's 3-2 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Ronaldo scores the winning goal from a penalty kick as United beat Arsenal at Old Trafford

“It’s about how the whole team develops, not just Cristiano. We play in the most competitive league in the world, so we need to get these players involved.

“What I saw from Cristiano yesterday, he is more than willing to do that and make his contribution to the team and his teammates will have to do the same.”

‘Haaland Transfer talk is nonsense’

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

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and his £68m release clause will take effect next year.

Rangnick, who was involved in the signing of Haaland to 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 team in detail, the team is definitely not too small. There are enough players.

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

“Obviously this is nonsense. There is no such clause in my contract. It doesn’t make sense to speculate on any new players.

“Erling Haaland is a great striker. I know my best because I was with the people at RB Salzburg at the time.

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

“I’m more than happy. Our offensive players are here, we have a lot of great players in the offensive department and we don’t need to talk about any other players.”

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