Ralf Rangnick: Man United Interim Boss Speaks on Staying Beyond 6-Month Deal

Ralf Rangnick: Man United Interim Boss Speaks on Staying Beyond 6-Month Deal

  • Rangnick has not ruled out the possibility of staying as manager beyond his six-month deal
  • The German watched Man United’s win against Arsenal from the stands
  • He met with the players on Friday, December 3 ahead of the Premier League cracker against Crystal Palace

Ralf Rangnick has stated he could stay as Manchester United coach beyond his interim period.

Ralf Rangnick
Ralf Rangnick met with the Manchester United players on Friday, December 3. Photo by Matthew Peters.
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Rangnick, as TUKO.co.ke reported, officially succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the Manchester United dugout after a short caretaker stint by Michael Carrick.

After sorting his work permit, the German is now eligible to guide the team during football matches.

In his very first press conference, Rangnick spoke on a number of issues, including the particulars of his deal with United.

“It is all hypothetical”

"If everything goes well I might make the same recommendation that I did at RB Leipzig twice - that it might be a good idea to keep working with me for one year - but it is all hypothetical," Rangnick said on the question of staying as Manchester United coach beyond his six-month deal.

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"The people with whom I have spoken have been very clear we are speaking of a six-month role as manager," he added as quoted by BBC.

"Right now, I'm fully aware that they might be looking for a new manager. If they will then speak with me about that, we will see.

Rangnick’s targets for United

The 63-year old was at Old Trafford to oversee United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal in what was Carrick’s final game as caretaker coach.

He used United’s performance to gauge the key areas he believes should be at the forefront as far as improvement is concerned.

"The major target for me is just to bring more balance to the team. We conceded two goals yesterday and if you look at the total number of goals conceded, it is on average of two a game,” he noted.

"That is just too much. Those are not the kind of games you need every day. In football to me, it's to minimise the coincidence factor.

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If everything goes as planned, Rangnick will still work for United on consultancy capacity when his six-month interim spell comes to an end.

“Wanted Carrick to stay”

On the departure of Michael Carrick, Rangnick disclosed he made attempts to have the former Manchester United midfielder to stay as part of the coaching staff.

Carrick oversaw three games as caretaker boss, a 2-0 win over Villareal in the Champions League, the 1-1 draw against Chelsea and the win over Arsenal.

"I had a conversation with Michael for more than an hour and tried to convince him [to stay], but he needed a break and I understand his decision,” Rangnick said.

Source: Sports Brief News