Manchester United will be hoping to see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel under the tutelage of Ralf Rangnick.
Hope, this is the one thing Manchester United fans are holding on to as Ralf Rangnick takes over the club. Several renowned coaches have been linked to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but it was the so-called “godfather of gegenpressing” Rangnick who landed the job, and the truth is, nobody knows what he is really capable of.
All that will eventually unravel once Rangnick makes his official debut as Manchester United’s interim manager. For now, what the German tactician could do is delight the club’s hopeful fans with his unique and promising approach.
According to Rangnick, he will be focused on uplifting the Manchester United “DNA” with a view of transforming the club in order to adapt to “modern football.”
“The important thing is to celebrate the DNA this club still has, but to also implement it into the transformation to modern football,” Rangnick said via The Guardian.
“It’s pretty easy in football,” he said. “You need to have a certain idea: what do we want to stand for? Call it a corporate identity.”
At this point, Rangnick’s plan is music to Manchester United’s ears. However, many have also been yearning to hear a hint at what the team would look like on the pitch under his control.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the club’s talisman and for obvious reasons, it will remain that way regardless of who’s the manager in charge. Fortunately, it is not a problem for Rangnick.
“You always have to adapt your style or your idea of football to the players you have available, not vice versa,” Rangnick said in his first press conference via ESPN. “Having seen Cristiano [Ronaldo] yesterday [against Arsenal] in the second half at the age of 36, an amazing top professional. At his age, I’ve never seen a player who is still that physically fit. He’s still a player who can easily make the difference. So yes, it’s about how we can develop the whole team, not only Cristiano.”
“We play in the most competitive league in the world, so we need all the players on board,” he explained. “What I saw from Cristiano yesterday, he is more than willing to do that, to put his input into the team. His teammates will have to do the same.”
It was also said that Rangnick has a reputation of giving the youngsters a chance to prove themselves. Apparently, he really is.
In fact, during his first ground training session with Manchester United’s first team, the 63-year-old was “spotted handing out some instructions” to the veteran midfielder Nemanja Matic along with Red Devils’ up-and-coming striker Mason Greenwood.
Some people who have worked with Rangnick in the past claimed that he is the type of coach who likes to be hands-on. Atop that, he’s also known for his ability to devise strategies based on the talent he has in his roster.
Rangnick will be tested when Manchester United faces Crystal Palace on Sunday. Thus, this will be his first shot at proving that he can revive the Old Trafford outfit.