Ralf Rangnick’s appointment as Manchester United’s new manager has been confirmed by Eric Bailly’s unlikely source.
The Red Devils are ready to turn to the wise old German sage as they look forward to a bright new era. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s regime came to an end last weekend after their embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Watford last weekend. And it seems they have quickly settled for Rangnick as a replacement.
Their new era, initially led by Michael Carrick, has started well. A win over Villarreal confirms that progress in the Champions League was followed by a grim 1-1 draw against leader Chelsea.
That could well be the last act of Carrick in charge.
Indeed, Rangnick’s appointment is likely to be confirmed soon after extensive talks.
In what seems to be the worst kept secret in football, the news has now been confirmed by defender Eric Bailly.
He told RMC Sports: “Yes, we were told in the dressing room about the arrival of the new manager.”
However, there remains some confusion about whether Rangnick will be appointed as interim or permanent boss.
He was reportedly set to sign a contract until the end of the season, with plans for a consultancy role at Old Trafford after that.
Indeed, the original plan was for Rangnick to reportedly keep the hotseat warm until a permanent successor – most likely Mauricio Pochettino – is brought in.
Pochettino fueled rumors he was on his way to Old Trafford by signing a Manchester United shirt (for a fan) earlier this week.
Rangnick ‘will become permanent Man Utd manager’
Now, however, according to The sunRangnick could instead become United’s permanent manager.
They claim that although United have agreed on his transfer, his actual role at Old Trafford remains undecided.
And the newspaper claims its representatives are exploring the possibility of a clause allowing him to continue as manager next season.
Indeed, the initial plan to install Rangnick in a long-term tech position at United seems fraught with problems. The German does not only want to have a say in their training methods and approach, but also in the recruitment of players.
And since John Murtough is already working as football director, United must clearly define everyone’s role.
A new manager coming in the summer could cloud those waters further.
Ralf Rangnick ‘to become permanent Man Utd manager’
Instead, it has now been reported that the solution could be to install Rangnick as the permanent long-term manager.
That would mean a major turnaround for the club, with Pochettino reportedly still their main target.
Meanwhile, thedaily mirror reports that United have now reached an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow on Rangnick’s release.
Remarkably, they claim United will not have to pay a cent as compensation for Rangnick to the Russian club. He works as their sporting director, but a clause in his deals means his departure will not pocket United.
In addition, they state that Rangnick earns £3.8 million in the season in the Russian capital.
However, United are reportedly set to double his wages on an initial two-and-a-half-year contract until the summer of 2024.
Fans and pundits alike have criticized United’s lack of direction and authority since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
However, the German has a strong football philosophy and is reportedly already impressing.
Ralf Ragnick for major Man Utd changes
The 63-year-old is indeed poised to make big changes at United – and it will all start on the training pitch. According to a report, United is already working with Rangnick prior to his appointment to make a number of changes.
As such, the Daily Telegram claims Rangnick gained access to videos of training sessions under Solskjaer.
Rangnick wants to study the footage and make an in-depth analysis of the current squad from different camera angles.
And the paper reports major changes in training are likely — including the introduction of its infamous countdown clock.
According to James Ducker, Rangnick will introduce the highly visible ticker during Carrington training sessions to encourage high-intensity workouts.
The German is widely regarded as the godfather of the gegenpress – a style widely used by Jurgen Klopp. The high-intensity pressure play was a key facet of the Merseysiders’ success under Klopp.
But a more intense version of that now seems likely at United.
According to Rangnick’s plans, he will also install an “eight-second roll” at Carrington. This requires players to: to win the ball within eight seconds of a shot at goal within 10 seconds of regaining possession of the ball.
Players can also hear the countdown clock during their exercises. And Rangnick hopes that will increase the intensity and yield quick results.
And at a stage of the season when United need it most, the change is likely to shake United’s training sessions to an extreme.
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