Ralf Rangnick has a strong case for staying on as Manchester United manager if he guides the team to the top four.
That’s the view of talkSPORT host Simon Jordan, who believes the caretaker manager is living up to expectations after a 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton.
The result not only moved United back into the top four in the league, but it ended a torrid three-game winless streak.
The Red Devils were first knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship side Middlesbrough and then gave up the lead against Burnley and Southampton for back-to-back disappointing 1-1 league draws.
However, Rangnick lost just one of his 14 regular-time dugout games and managed to stop a rot that emerged under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“He’s training these players in a different place,” Jordan explained. “And eventually we’re going to see that lag shorten and we’re going to see this team improve.
“Now, if he can do it in sufficient time to convince those who make the decisions…
“They beat Brighton last night, Brighton are fit, they haven’t been beaten in seven Premier League games, they’re a good team.
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“They are fourth in the league, I think they will stay fourth in the league, I think they will beat Atletico [Madrid]I think they will go further in the Champions League than people anticipate, and what is your argument against Rangnick? »
As of this writing, Rangnick is fourth in line to lead the club next season behind Mauricio Pochettino, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers.
Given the role on an interim basis in November, Rangnick revealed he might recommend staying on before moving upstairs in a consulting role.
And Jordan thinks that when you look at the big picture, things aren’t as bad as some make it out to be.
“We have all these arguments about whether he’s tactically enough, whether he’s actually a great coach or it’s all just a myth, whether he manages players in the right way, at the [Jesse] Lingard, at the [Anthony] Martial.
“His argument will be, look at the work I’ve done, look at it over the time that I’ve been here, we’re in the Champions League for next season, we’ve gone deeper this season so the revenue has been generated.
“I did what you wanted me to do, we were never going to win the league, we were never going to win the Champions League, so with all that in mind what did you expect from me? I did it!
“What we’re doing right now is watching it go, ‘look at the quality of the game, look at the way they give up leads, look at the adversity off the pitch’.
“It was all happening, and I think it would have been worse under the previous manager, so you have to give Rangnick his head.”
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