Ralf Rangnick insists he is confident Manchester United will show real signs of improvement next season as he advised the club to have a solid summer transfer window.
The Red Devils are preparing for a big summer of change with Erik ten Hag set to take over as manager, while big ins and outs are expected in the transfer market to give the first team a fresh look.
Nemanja Matic has already signaled his intention to leave the club, while Paul Pogba’s contract situation means he is also likely to move on.
While several players have already been linked with a move to Old Trafford, Rangnick believes the work done at the club will allow them to compete higher up the Premier League table from next term.
He said: “Knowing that Erik will be the manager, with a good recruitment process and bringing in the right players, I’m very confident that the fans and the media will be able to see a better team and hopefully in the end – the a better place in the league.
“There are quite a few good examples in the league with when Jurgen Klopp came to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola to Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel came to Chelsea.
“Yes he [Tuchel] arrived in the middle of the season and inherited a high quality team, but still have to win the Champions League.
“If you know what you’re looking for, the profiles of the different positions you need, it shouldn’t take too long, hopefully.”
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Speaking about Ten Hag’s introduction, Rangnick insisted he was available to discuss if the new boss wanted one.
Rangnick added: “I’m pretty sure he has my phone number!
“He still has a few games to play with Ajax, we still have three games to play here.
“Whenever he wants to talk to me and exchange our opinions, I’m more than happy to do so.”
While Rangnick could be on hand to give ten Hag advice, Roy Keane believes the new boss will have his work cut out to ensure the squad are all singing from the same anthem sheet, especially given the challenge of keeping star man Cristiano Ronaldo satisfied. .
Keane said: “Ten Hag would have watched the game [against Chelsea] and he will spend sleepless nights watching the team.
“If you have a player in your squad who can score that many goals, he needs to be involved.
“Ronaldo will want to play week after week. That will be the problem for the new manager, he will be looking for another striker, but Ronaldo won’t hang around if he doesn’t play week after week.
“He won’t mind being rested for the odd League Cup game or the European game if they’ve already passed.
“I think he wants to play week in and week out and that will be a problem for the manager. He’ll say ‘I’m going to have to rotate you in some games’.”
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