Man Utd must stick to Sir Alex Ferguson's plan as Ralf Rangnick experiment worsens

There have been mitigating factors, such as a COVID outbreak and limited time on the training ground, but the biggest takeaway from his reign so far is that the iconic, bustling gegenpressing style of play that he was expected to bring with him has been non-existent. In fact, rather than injecting some much-needed urgency into United’s languid, uninspiring squad, they actually seem to be pressing less than before.

Whatever way you dress it up, it’s a sorry state of affairs for United under Rangnick right now. But their temporary marriage of misery was unavoidable.

Rangnick, who has only won one major trophy during his lengthy coaching career, may not have the glittering CV that some would have preferred to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but a stop-gap appointment was inevitable after the axe fell on Solskjaer so early in the season. United’s hierarchy pretty much had no choice but to install someone on a temporary basis.

But United’s brief, uninspiring stint under Rangnick should also have made it clear to United’s power brokers that they have to prioritise a move for Mauricio Pochettino next summer.

The former Spurs boss has already hinted at being open to taking over at Old Trafford in the past and according to French publication, Le Parisien, Pochettino has been “discreetly” keeping in touch with United as he seeks to “free himself from his contract” at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.

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