Former RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick is on the cusp of being announced as the new interim manager of Manchester United, but many of the players were left in the dark over the news
While Rangnick’s track record suggests his appointment is an intelligent one from United’s perspective, that hasn’t stopped many of the current squad members feeling aggrieved that they were not informed about the deal prior to the news being relayed to the media.
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The lack of communication between players and staff may stem from United’s desire to keep as tight-lipped over the deal as possible, though the United stars feel they should have been told who the new boss will be, especially given he is expected to start taking training sessions soon.
Due to work permit-related issues, the former Hoffenheim boss will not be able to take charge of Sunday’s crucial league tie away at Chelsea, while the visit of Arsenal next Thursday is also expected to come too soon.
Therefore, Rangnick’s first game in the Old Trafford dug-out is likely to fall on Friday, December 5 when Patrick Vieira’s in-form Crystal Palace side make the trip to Manchester.
Once Rangnick’s six-month spell in the United hot-seat concludes at the end of the season, the Germain is expected to transition into a consultancy role within the club’s board – overseeing footballing operations in a similar manner to how he did at both Salzburg and Leipzig.
His two-year consultancy role is thought to be something United vice-chairman Ed Woodward pushed for, given Rangnick’s past record and level of expertise.
Rangnick appears to have beaten a number of other respected candidates for the job, including ex-Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde and former Lyon manager Rudi Garcia.
Dissecting why United opted for Rangnick’s expertise over some of the other candidates interviewed, a club source revealed: “Beyond the managerial side, his lens on football philosophy and strategy is second to none, particularly with the phenomenal job he did at Salzburg and Leipzig.”