Ralf Rangnick confirmed as Manchester United interim manager
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It is said Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick will be afforded a £100m war chest in the January transfer window. Yet, a brief glance at the work completed by one of Rangnick’s former players Thomas Tuchel, suggests the Red Devils could save their money.
The Chelsea manager played under Rangnick at German minnows SSV Ulm for one and a half seasons, before a plethora of injuries forced him to prematurely hang up his boots in 1998.
Tuchel’s arrival at Stamford Bridge is easily comparable with the manner of his former manager’s arrival at Old Trafford.
Both were Brought in to stem the tide of a season initially promising plenty but heading towards a devastating cliff edge – Solskjaer and Lampard were even both sacked with their respective sides languishing in ninth place.
Just as the former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager did in January, Rangnick has inherited a disconnected pile of puzzle pieces, which if put together correctly, has the quality to win everything in their path
However, reports from the Mirror have claimed a £100m Old Trafford January transfer splurge could be on the horizon.
Questions were being asked of Rangnick’s audacious ‘Gegenpressing’ playing style in the build-up to United’s contest with Crystal Palace.
‘Can Cristiano Ronaldo press in his system’, ‘Can he get his ideas across so quickly,’ ‘Will his tactics work in the Premier League,’ were all answered with only half a training session.
United’s tireless 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace, demonstrated Rangnick’s incredible ability to impose his philosophy quickly, as well as his new players’ impressive ability to adapt and learn on the spot.
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An injection of confidence, a conversation with Rangnick, and a clean slate is all Tuchel needed to inspire his Chelsea side to an unlikely triumph.
Not one player came through the Stamford Bridge doors in the 2021 January transfer window, with Tuchel’s empowering of the likes of Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta, and Antonio Rudiger instead refreshing the team like an armada of new transfer arrivals had arrived.
And Rangnick could very well add extra spark and fire to his United side with the same man management skills as his former player.
It appears he is already doing so, as the former RB Leipzig manager afforded many fringe players such as Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, and Dean Henderson much needed minutes against Young Boys.
“I want to get to know the other players. The ones who haven’t played against Crystal Palace,” Rangnick said to ManUtd.com before their final Champions League match.
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“And it’s also wise, at this stage of the season, with the crowded fixture list of the next few weeks and months, to rest a few players. Because, as we saw, the way that we played against Palace was high intensity.
“It’s not so easy to play on that level with the same group of players every three days and therefore, for me, it absolutely makes sense to do some sort of rotation.
“Even more so in a game that we still want to win – that’s our ethos: we want to win games at Manchester United – but it’s not that much at stake for us, and therefore it makes sense to give some other players the chance to present themselves.”
United have lots and lots of matches in December and January, and Rangnick will need every single player at his disposal if their Christmas period is going to be fruitful.
If he can harbour the energy and intensity from their victory against the Eagles and share it with the rest of United’s talented fringe players, then a January transfer outlay may even disrupt, rather than enhance his squad.
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