Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has explained why his future role at Old Trafford is not completely certain with incoming manager Erik ten Hag having a decision to make
Ralf Rangnick only has a verbal agreement to work as a consultant for Manchester United after his spell as interim boss and revealed the position must be formally signed off by new manager Erik ten Hag.
Ajax coach Ten Hag takes over at United at the end of this season, with Rangnick poised to move into a two-year consultancy role at Old Trafford but the German has since acknowledged Ten Hag will ultimately have the final say on that.
That has left Rangnick sweating on whether he will actually remain involved at Old Trafford having said at his press conference on Friday that he has never actually personally met the Dutchman.
Rangnick said: “We have an agreement on that role. But it’s not a question about what’s written on paper or what’s agreed upon, it’s about what will happen in everyday life and everyday business. This is the question and it’s also important how does Erik see that. Does he like to speak with someone like myself? Does he want to work together?
“These are the things we haven’t spoken about. I’m not worried about that. I’m 64 very soon, so for me it’s not about having a contract on paper, it’s about what will really happen. How much does Erik and the board want my opinion and my experience? That’s what we haven’t spoken about.
“I knew that Erik was one of the candidates the board spoke to and I told them, from people I knew, that Erik would be a good choice. I believe he will be a very good choice and the other things [Rangnick’s own role next season], we haven’t had time to speak about.”
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Meanwhile, Rangnick criticised Paul Pogba – after revealing the midfielder will not play for United again. Pogba, out of contract this summer, was injured early on in United’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool and will not recover in time to play again this season. The France midfielder was injured in the build-up to Liverpool’s opener, with Rangnick claiming he should have been smarter and gone down to stop the game.
He said: “It was never part of the game plan to stand at the halfway line, even more so since Pogba was already hobbling across the pitch. He should have laid down or sat down on the ground, but he was trying to hobble behind the referee and telling him that he’s injured. We were effectively one player down and still attacking high up and against a team like Liverpool, who are probably one of the best in the world in transitional moments, so that wasn’t particularly smart from our side.”
Pogba rejoined United from Juventus for a club record fee of £89million in 2016 but has failed to justify that huge fee and will go down as one of the most expensive flops in Premier League history. On Pogba’s injury, Rangnick said: “The doctor told me it will take four weeks minimum for him to recover and the last game is at the end of May. So I don’t think it’s very likely he’ll play again.”