New setback for Manchester United and Ralf Rangnick (63).
The Red Devils only drew 1-1 with Leicester City at Old Trafford. Too few in the fight for the Champions League. With eight matchdays remaining, ManUnited sit seventh in the Premier League and have to worry about top class.
After Leicester’s draw, Rangnick therefore settled accounts with his team. What particularly bothers him: the physical weakness of his stars!
Rangnick: “I don’t think we were lacking in character, but what was evident at certain stages of the game was that we were second-rate in terms of physicality. Whenever there was physical contact, we We were too often second winners. It’s something we need to do better for the rest of this season, but even more for next season.”
The German coach will no longer sit on the bench, but will still have influence over United’s squad planning. From the summer, Rangnick will take on an advisory role to England’s record champions and will also have a say in his successor and new players.
Rangnick: “Whenever the new head coach is chosen, he has to be: how does he want to play and what players do we need for that? Then we come back to DNA, speed, physicality , pace. What do we need? This team is not lacking in technical players but could use more physicality.
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There is again and again speculation in England about Ajax manager Erik ten Hag (52) as United’s new manager. PSG coach Mauricio Pocchetino (50) should also be at the top of the list of candidates.
For Rangnick, however, it’s clear: even with a new coach, there will be no immediate return to Europe’s top flight. For this, he takes as an example two sworn enemies.
Ex-Leipzig manager: “Manchester City and Liverpool have been built and brought together over a period of five or six years – all depending on how the coaches want to play. I told the board it’s exactly what it is [bei United] must happen.”
And further: “It’s not rocket science. It has to be done, and when it happens, it doesn’t necessarily take three or four years. Maybe in two or three transfer windows the situation could be different.”
Apparently United fans still have to be patient…