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Ralf Rangnick forgets Manchester United’s misery with resounding opener result against Austria, leading to claims the coach ‘hasn’t been given the tools to succeed’ at Old Trafford


Ralf Rangnick had Manchester United fans wondering what was wrong after he made a glorious start to life as Austria boss.

Things didn’t go to plan for the much-loved German manager during his time at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils having to settle for sixth in the Premier League and poor performances to match.

Rangnick’s first clash as Austria boss couldn’t have gone better
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While Rangnick drew a lot of criticism for his role in the club’s poor form, his first clash as Austria boss showed he was definitely not out after claiming a 3-0 victory over the club. Croatia.

Despite the Croatian squad featuring stars such as Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic and Andrej Kramaric, Rangnick’s side were ruthless in Osijek.

Goals from Marko Arnautovic, Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer either side of the break put Austria top of Nations League A, Group 1, ahead of Denmark, France and Friday’s opponents, Croatia.

While Rangnick’s stay at United has drawn heavy criticism, talkSPORT European football expert Andy Brassell believes he was set up to fail as soon as he arrived at Old Trafford.

Brassell said: “He was not given the tools to succeed at Manchester United.

“They pretended to accept the idea of ​​a change under him, he never had a real position of authority, he was an interim coach, and not even a sporting director, but a consultant.


Ralf Rangnick forgets Manchester United’s misery with resounding opener result against Austria, leading to claims the coach ‘hasn’t been given the tools to succeed’ at Old Trafford
Arnautovic opened the scoring for Rangnick’s side against Croatia
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Ralf Rangnick forgets Manchester United’s misery with resounding opener result against Austria, leading to claims the coach ‘hasn’t been given the tools to succeed’ at Old Trafford
Sabitzer then wrapped up Austria’s victory
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“I realize they have a sporting director elsewhere, but there was no real promise of any meaningful long-term change at Manchester United under Rangnick.

“I know the players have been the subject of a lot of criticism, but was he ever really given the power to show that he has the power to change things? I don’t think he has. do.

“I think it’s easy to look at him, for the players, and say ‘you know what, if we don’t particularly like it, we’ll see him go, he’ll be finished in six months’.”

Ralf Rangnick forgets Manchester United’s misery with resounding opener result against Austria, leading to claims the coach ‘hasn’t been given the tools to succeed’ at Old Trafford
Interim boss Rangnick has had a difficult spell in charge of Man United
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Rangnick was originally set to take on a two-year consultancy role at United after his brief stint as caretaker manager.

The German was going to work six days a month for the Red Devils after the end of this season.

But the club confirmed last week that they would part ways altogether, with his consultancy plans scrapped.

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