Imminent Man Utd boss Rangnick had ‘football epiphany’ for new style of tactics

Incoming Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick had a 'footballing epiphany' as player-manager at German sixth division FC Viktoria Backnang.

The 63-year-old will be appointed interim manager at Old Trafford following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the weekend.

A 4-1 defeat to newly-promoted Watford was the final straw for the Norwegian gaffer who was fired the following day.

Assistant manager Michael Carrick oversaw the Red Devils' 2-0 win over Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

And despite reports PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino was going to take the reins, United confirmed in a statement they were looking to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season.

Now it appears they have got their man. The Red Devils are set to announce Ralf Rangnick on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The German currently occupies the position of Head of Sports and Development at Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow but that is not thought to be a problem for United.

Rangnick is well thought of among the world's managing elite.

The former Leipzig, Schalke and Stuttgart boss is known as the initiator behind the Gegenpress – the system Jurgen Klopp employs at Liverpool so effectively.

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Speaking to The Coaches' Voice, Rangnick explained how he stumbled across his 'football epiphany.'

He said: "I was player-manager at sixth division FC Viktoria Backnang, outside Stuttgart.

"We weren’t very good, but we were extremely lucky – on a cold February day in 1983, we chanced upon a genius.

"Dynamo Kiev, the team of legendary coach Valeriy Lobanovskyi (below), were staying in a nearby training centre and needed easy opposition for a friendly.

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"A few minutes in, when the ball had gone out for a throw-in, I had to stop and count their players. Something was wrong. Did they have 13 or 14 men on the pitch?

"I had played against top teams before – we always lost against them, of course – but they had at least given you the occasional moment of breathing space.

"Kiev were the first team I had ever come up against who systematically pressed the ball.

"That was my football epiphany. I understood that there was a different way of playing."

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