Who is Ralf Rangnick? Manager record of the next Man Utd manager

Manchester United are set to hire Ralf Rangnick as the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, at least in the short term.

the independent have been informed that talks are underway, with both sides seeking to maintain respect for his current employers Lokomotiv Moscow, and it is unlikely that he will be in place for this weekend’s game with Chelsea.

If all goes to plan, he’ll arrive for his first job in England, after years of being linked with roles but rarely coaching or working outside of Germany until recently – so who is he and what’s the Old Trafford club getting with him?

What is his background?

A very modest playing career was ended early so he could start coaching – he was in the Stuttgart set-up before his thirties and worked his way through the regional leagues and German youth football as manager, taking some of his earliest approaches. defined those that have become features of him later.

In 1999 he took charge of Stuttgart, his first job at a high profile club, and has since been in the dugout with the likes of Schalke, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig.

Rangnick is not only seen as a forward-thinking coach, but also as an all-round lover of development of both individuals and teams. He has held not only head coach roles but also leadership roles where he can oversee and help implement a structure in playing style, recruiting and squad mentality.

In 2012, he was appointed Red Bull football director, largely responsible for the emergence and work in the transfer market of both Leipzig and Salzburg during the same period. Though he returned to coaching the first team on more than one occasion when management changes required it, his main role since then has been one of strategy and recruiting, eventually including RB Bragantino in Brazil and New York Red Bulls in the United States.

Many current top coaches recognize the influence he has had, directly or indirectly, on their own development as a leader.

In the past, he has been associated with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea in the Premier League alone.

Rangnick was the architect of the Red Bull project

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Where did he last work?

Last year there were rumors that Rangnick, 63, was going to AC Milan to oversee a total rebuilding of the club, but clashes with his role on the sporting director side of things ultimately thwarted that plan.

Instead, he joined Russian Premier League club Lokomotiv Moscow in July 2021 as head of sport and development. It was advertised as a three-year deal, but that has now ended extremely prematurely as he heads to Old Trafford.

What is his playing style?

Since he is in the dugout, how he sets up his teams is of particular importance.

Rangnick is often credited as one of the first German coaches to emphasize the importance of counter-pressing high up on the field – the gegenpressing approach – but much more than that, his team building was based on organizing space in and out of possession, at assembling parties of players to suit what he wants in each role rather than with any reference to their status or cost, and in redefining where players can outperform their rivals, on and off the field.

United’s players can expect to play with much more intensity in possession, with a more energetic response to loss of possession and, crucially compared to what has been seen recently, with much more structure and clarity about how they move between the shots. third and create attacking opportunities.

The football showing at the end of this season should look distinctly different from what it has been up to now.

Rangnick has a signature style of play that he uses

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Will United benefit in the long run?

Doubtless. Aside from his impressive track record in coaching – despite a small roster, given the clubs he worked for – he set up his own consulting firm shortly before joining Lokomotiv.

Reports say he will remain at Old Trafford after an initial six-month stay in “another capacity” – this could be as an outside consultant with certain restrictions on what other club he can work for, even if not an official club employee .

Rangnick’s whole ethos and reputation is one of constant improvement and building teams that are much higher than when he took them over, and it’s almost certain that he would only agree to quit one job and take on another. if he had the prospect of getting the job done. the same over time.

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