Ralf Rangnick confirmed as Manchester United interim manager
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Manchester United appointed Ralf Rangnick as their interim boss on Monday morning as they look to get their Premier League campaign back on track. The German will take charge of the Red Devils until the end of the season before moving into a consultancy role behind-the-scenes.
Rangnick is regarded as a tactical genius and could be the man to finally get the best out of the star-studded United squad.
The 13-times Premier League champions have an abundance of talent but have underperformed this season and have dropped to tenth in the table.
Rangnick, who won’t be in the dugout for his first game until the weekend, will be hoping his side can kick-start their season with victory over Arsenal on Thursday evening.
And Gunners hero Ian Wright believes United can blow the north Londoners away if they can stop Thomas Partey and make the most of the so-called new manager bounce.
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“I think people have recognised, especially against Newcastle the other day – Partey did 13 passes towards Martin Odegaard and people are starting to realise that he’s our main guy,” the former striker told Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast.
“If you stop Partey then I feel like, ‘oh my gosh,’ with a Manchester United team at Old Trafford who probably won’t play with three in their midfield because they will want to go at us – there’s an energy.
“People have got to understand that there is a new manager bounce, whether it goes into games or whether it’s on the training ground – because you know there’s a new manager there.
“You want to make sure you’re one of the people who, when he comes in, he goes, ‘oh I like him,’ so everybody gets a fresh start.
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“You look at Manchester United’s team and the players they are able to put out there, with a manager that is really focused on team shape, pressing and everything they’re going to do.”
Rangnick won’t be in the dugout for Thursday’s match as he is still waiting for a work permit.
But his imminent arrival has clearly already impacted the Red Devils players and they impressed on Sunday as they held Premier League leaders Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge.
United took the lead just after the break as Jadon Sancho scored his first league goal of the season.
But they had to settle for a point as Jorginho found the back of the net from the penalty spot after Aaron Wan-Bissaka had fouled Thiago Silva.
The Red Devils can move up to sixth in the table on Thursday night if they win against Arsenal and Tottenham fail to beat Brentford.
And club chiefs will be hoping Rangnick’s visa issues will then be sorted in time for the new boss to take charge of the team’s clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
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