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Ralf Rangnick’s Man Utd “logic” suggests he is on Arsene Wenger’s wavelength

Ralf Rangnick is quickly moulding Manchester United’s backroom staff to his requirements and it appears he shares the priorities of Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger

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Ralf Rangnick ‘s latest appointment at Manchester United proves he shares Arsene Wenger ‘s view on the importance of mental sharpness.

The German tactician has wasted little time shaking up the status quo at Old Trafford by securing the services of sports psychologist Sascha Lense.

The duo worked together at RB Leipzig and Lense will take on an important role in Rangnick’s backroom team as he looks to lift the Red Devils up the Premier League table.

The 63-year-old explained the appointment at fascinating length during a press conference on Tuesday, stressing how vital it is to “have an expert for the brain” on the books.

Rangnick insists this in commonplace in his homeland and hopes to gain the edge on United’s opponents with Lense on the staff.

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Sascha Lense (pictured) also worked alongside Ralf Rangnick at Schalke
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“I don’t know what the situation is like here and in other clubs but in Germany most clubs have employed sports psychologists or a mental coach whatever you would like to call them,” Rangnick said.

“For me it is a question of logic. If you have special coaches for goalkeeping, physical education, even for strikers, fitness, whatever, you should also have an expert for the brain.

“It’s not so much putting them on the red sofa and holding hands for the players because most of them won’t do that anyway.

“For me it is about helping the players that the brain should assist the body not to work against it. The players and everybody in our team should think in the right way.”

The high regard Rangnick views Lense with is evidenced by his rapid appointment just over one week on from the manager’s own arrival at the Red Devils.

He is clearly on the same wavelength as Arsenal legend Wenger, who works as FIFA’s head of global football development and hopes technology will make it possible to hone the art of decision making in years to come.

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“The physical time dedicated to improve is now limited. All the players who could not produce the quantity demanded have been kicked out of the game,” the 72-year-old told the Daily Telegraph.

“Maybe the next step is to see what’s going on in the brain. The next step could be speed of decision-making, quality of information taken and the flexibility of decision-making.”

Wenger added: “We could see that in three-dimensional training. [Where] you can put your helmet on and see the game in your position, and practice your brain to make quick decisions, to anticipate what’s going on.”

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