Ralf Rangnick’s time in the Manchester United dugout will conclude at the end of the season but fresh details about the German’s ‘consultancy role’ have recently emerged
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The former RB Leipzig manager is currently overseeing the Red Devil’s progress from the dugout until the end of the season. He will step aside at the end of the current campaign and make way for the club’s next permanent manager.
United are yet to announce who will be in charge of the Reds next season, but Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag remain the firm favourites for the role. However, fresh details about the two-year consultancy role Rangnick will take up at the end of the season have recently emerged.
According to Sportsmail, Rangnick will take a backseat at Old Trafford in a role which will likely only see him work 144 days across two years. Moreover, the extent and regularity of Rangnick’s contributions next season are also believed to hinge upon the manager in the dugout.
United appear to be undecided on Pochettino and Ten Hag, while Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui and Spain manager Luis Enrique are also believed to be outsiders for the position. A so called ‘mystery’ manager is also understood to have undertaken an interview at Old Trafford.
But while conversations about United’s next manager are far from over, Rangnick’s role is also proving to be somewhat of an enigma. Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, deputy football director John Murtough, and head of corporate development Matt Judge are the three individuals overseeing their footballing operations.
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Where Rangnick will sit among those United chiefs remains unclear. However, the German has already had a huge say about where he believes United’s main focus needs to be.
While their quest for a new manager is far from over, Rangnick recently stated he feels their approaches to signing new players needs to be more unified and efficient. He sighted the way in which United’s fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City have assembled their respective sides over the last five seasons.
And with United currently languishing in seventh position in the Premier League, Rangnick hinted the Red Devils should take a page out of the books of their major rivals if they are to make up considerable ground.
“Manchester City and Liverpool have been built together and recruited over five or six years,” Rangnick recently said. “All of them under the premise of how the coaches want to play,” Rangnick said.
“I told the board this is what has to happen. Whenever the new head coach is clear, it has to be: how does he want to play and what kind of players do we need for that?
“This team does not lack technical players, it can do with more physicality. It takes the right decisions and knowing where you want to go: what kind of players, what kind of manager and then, in every transfer window, try to get the best possible.
“This is not rocket science. It has to be done and, if that happens, maybe in two or three transfer windows the situation could be different.”