German football legend Ralf Rangnick wrapped up his first press conference as United’s interim manager on Friday morning. after a busy week at Old Trafford.
From Rangnick’s arrival on Monday to the 3-2 victory over Arsenal and Michael Carrick’s emotional outing on Thursday, the past four days have been a roller coaster for the Red Devils.
However the words of the German boss this morning will certainly have revived the good mood of the red side of Manchester.
So wipe away the tears you cried for Carrick, United fans – here are 5 things that get you excited now that Rangnick is behind the wheel.
INSERTING RONALDO INTO YOUR SYSTEM
Cristiano Ronaldo’s return marked a key moment in the tenure of Rangnick’s predecessor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as manager at Old Trafford.
However, although the Portuguese star has saved the Norwegian’s skin on several occasions with last-minute goals, Ronaldo has not been at his best since returning to Manchester.
It will be music to the ears of United fans as new boss Rangnick believes he can fit Ronaldo into his system and hopefully bring out the best in him. No more arguments between Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane for a while then …
“You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have, and not the other way around,” Rangnick said.
“Having seen Cristiano yesterday in the second half at the age of 36, an incredible top professional. At his age, I have never seen a player who is still so physically fit. He is still a player who is still so fit. can easily tell the difference.
WINDOW TRANSFER TACTICS
United have been inclined to spend a lot on players who have little to show, or lose young talent for less than they hoped, with Jesse Lingard being the next suspect likely to fall into this. category.
Red Devils fans will then be delighted to learn that Rangnick is renowned for doing excellent business in transfer windows – investing in untapped talent, developing it and, if sold, reaping huge profits from it.
One example is when the German worked for Red Bull and increased the value of clubs in the franchise from € 120m to € 1.2bn in eight years, mostly through his strategy of transfer.
And while Rangnick may not yet be considering signing Erling Haaland, United fans can be sure to see some thoughtful transfer windows from now on.
“I’m more than happy,” explained the 63-year-old, “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.
“It would make sense to add players who almost guarantee you more quality.”
Gegenpressing, also known as “counter-press” in German, centers on scooping the ball out of possession and is a tactic that has long been associated with the new Manchester United boss.
The term became a buzzword thanks to Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp, who adopted the tactic when managing his former club Borussia Dortmund after being inspired by Rangnick.
And while interim manager Michael Carrick has managed to put in strong performances against Villa Real, Chelsea and Arsenal, United fans can be excited about United’s ability to play under the German.
Asked about his preferred style of play, the former Hoffenheim boss said: “To take control of games in the future, we have to do it by playing proactively, no matter if we have the ball ourselves, it’s about helping the team to play together. It’s a question of conviviality, it’s also a question of team spirit, as we saw yesterday “.
BETTER SQUAD THAN KLOPP
Speaking of Klopp, the Premier League title is much more likely to end at Anfield than at Old Trafford this season.
However, Rangnick will have earned a few brownie points from United supporters for his comments on their enemies.
Asked about the squad’s rotation in a way that works, the new United boss spoke about Klopp’s experience upon arriving at Liverpool, saying his team inherited from the Red Devils were not lower level.
“When Klopp came to Liverpool the team he inherited at the time was certainly not a better team than the one I inherited at Manchester United,” Rangnick said.
The German’s comments about his compatriot show his faith in his ability to keep his new club’s season going – which can only boost the morale of United fans.
HERE FOR A GOOD TIME AND A LONG TIME?
The last moment of Rangnick’s first presser that will thrill United fans is the possibility of him extending his time in the Old Trafford hot seat.
The former Schalke boss is currently only hired until the end of the season as an interim manager.
However, if all goes well for the German, it is likely that United fans can expect Rangnick not to disappear at the end of the campaign.
“We haven’t talked about what will happen this summer,” Rangnick explained, “At the moment I am fully aware that they are looking for a new manager, if they speak to me then we will see.
“Maybe if they ask me for my opinion, and if all goes well, we develop the team”.