Ralf Rangnick’s 2019 comments on Man Utd “consultancy” after impressing Ed Woodward

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The 63 year-old German national has discussed Manchester United’s future post-Sir Alex Ferguson. He has also impressed Ed Woodward, vice-chairman of the club, at previous meetings

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Ralf Rangick’s contract with Manchester United includes a rather unusual clause. He will be able to transition into a consulting role after his six-month stint in the dugout.

Expect to see the former RB Leipzig boss announced as Red Devils manager for the remainder of the current campaign. He will be responsible for stabilizing the ship and launching any bid for silverware.

Rangnick was left with little to do in the final stages of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign. United is currently ranked eighth in the Premier league table.

However, the United hierarchy at the top believes that the 63 year-old is capable. Ed Woodward, United vice chair, was impressed by the pair’s previous talks.

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Rangnick and Woodward had discussions in 2019 before the former took over his role as head for sports and development at Russian soccer club FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

Rangnick’s core values, self-belief and self-belief at joining a new club were two of the things that impressed Woodward most.

The man has discussed this topic at length before and shared his views on what he considers a successful work environment back in 2019.

“I am happy where I am but if any club wanted to speak to me, the question would have to be: ‘Can I be somebody who can influence areas of development across the whole club?’, Rangnick told the Guardian.

“If you don’t, you won’t get half of my capabilities.

“If, after that, you can work together in a trustworthy and respectful way, then you are more likely to be successful.”

The “godfather” of Gegenpressing addressed Sir Alex Ferguson’s United tenure as well as the errors made by United’s top officials in the years following his departure.

“It’s always difficult to follow someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, who was so successful and in place for a long time – and that’s even harder if you are often changing coaches.

“Every coaching change changes the identity, and this is reflected through the sporting development.

“You can look at the money that team has had available in the last five years and say there has been an underperformance.”

Rangnick will be United’s manager during one transfer window. However, Rangnick’s transition to a consulting role is likely to influence the club’s transfer policies given his strong opinions on the subject.

“At any club, if you cannot get the right players, then you should at least not sign the wrong ones.

“Doing this in more than one transfer window is a problem.

“Club building is about building the right squad by transferring the right players away and having more than 50 per cent success rate of bringing in the right players.”

Some of the recent additions United made have raised eyebrows. Rangnick will likely be a great asset to the club’s transfer business.

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