Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United’s interim manager, is expected to make an immediate impact on the team and may have some words to say about the players.
Rangnick is well-known for his dedication to high-intensity pressing games, which could mean a shift in tactical approach at United.
But the German coach’s methods go way beyond the training pitch, with some controversial opinions voiced in the past.
The 63 year-old had previously voiced a strange opinion about tattoos. This could lead to awkward conversations when he enters the United dressing room.
“If I say it’s a coincidence, this is not quite the truth. For the style of football we play, we need team players,”Rangnick said that Rangnick had told the Daily Mail.
“They should at least celebrate with the guy who gave the assist. Of course this has not necessarily to do with tattoos.
“But then we need to discuss why do people have tattoos all over their body? It’s got to do with being exceptional and trying to attract attention.
“I’m not asking a player before we meet, show me your body whether you have any tattoos. Maybe some of them have tattoos.
“At least they don’t have them where you can see it everywhere.”
While Rangnick is speaking in his non-native language – so perhaps his comments need to be taken with a pinch of salt – they are sure to raise eyebrows at Carrington.
This is because United has many tattoos, just like Premier League dressing rooms.
Rangnick might have to learn to accept tattoos from Alex Telles, Jadon Sancho and Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sante, Jesse Lingard, Victor Lindelof and Jesse Lingard.
Rangnick would be wise to keep his opinions private, considering the significance of some tattoos to their owners.
Sancho is sure to play a big role in United’s new era following his goals against Villarreal and Chelsea last week – and he has lots of tattoos, which mean a lot to him.
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“This is my first one and the most meaningful one because my little brother passed away when he was younger,”He explained the matter to the club website In the summer, he was talking about the ink on the left forearm that contains a poem to his brothers.
“When I was in primary school, I wrote a poem that I read at the funeral, so this is definitely my most meaningful one.”
The United winger also has some comic book characters on his right arm.
“Here I kind of freestyled because I liked comics when I was younger,” Sancho added.
“This isn’t finished yet – obviously, there’s Spider-man, Sonic, The Simpsons. I haven’t finished yet so there’s more to come.”
Rashford also has many tattoos, all over his body. The artwork tells his life story.
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The striker wears three United shirts, each with his squad numbers embazoned on the abdomen. There is also a picture of a child with a ball under a cherry tree and a lion on both his chest and left arm.
Fernandes has the number 23, which is a reference to his Portugal squad number, tattooed on his left side. He also has thick ink bands on his right side.
Lindelof has tattoo sleeves on both of his arms. Telles is inked to the left arm. Lingard has Lingard. ‘Be Yourself’Jones has many tattoos on his bicep, but Jones also has an eye tattoo on his right arm.
Rangnick was hired for his tactical skills, not his opinions on tattoos. It remains to be seen if any of his comments will have an effect on the squad dynamic.