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Paul Ince calls for complete restructure of Manchester United under Ralf Rangnick


Paul Ince thinks that Ralf Rangnick has his work cut out at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Paul Ince has called for a complete restructure of Manchester United during Ralf Rangnick’s time at the club.

Rangnick has been appointed as the club’s new interim boss and will take charge of his first game against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday after finally receiving his working visa. 

The German boss will step down from his managerial role at Old Trafford in the summer to then take up a two-year consultancy role, while he will also be a key part in the decision making process when it comes to appointing United’s next permanent boss.

And it’s within his consultancy job that Ince wants to see the 63-year-old make the biggest difference and has called for him to make several wholesale changes to the club’s operations, both on and off the pitch.

‘From his point of view, he’s got to be looking more at the consultancy elements of his role; what he does after. Look at the structure,’ Ince told Genting Casino.

‘Look at the academy. We’ve not had that same level of ‘wow’ players come through the academy since the Class of 92. Rashford of course has been a success from the academy, though he made his debut six years ago now, whilst Scott McTominay is a good player, but when you look at the likes of Foden at City, Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool or Declan Rice at West Ham – players like that who have come through their respective academies, we’ve not had any of those. 

Ince wants United’s academy to bring through more academy players like their rivals (Getty)

‘He’ll look at the structure, training, philosophy and will want every team in the club playing the same way.

‘When players graduate into the first team they will know the system. Changing the mindset of the club, how it runs, how it functions. Having input over the development, recruitment, coaching staff and styles. The club have to allow him to have complete control to take this club where it needs to get to. 

‘None of this ‘play the Man United way,’ that we hear all the time. The Man United way from the 90s was years back and we haven’t got the players to do that.

‘He’ll have to change the whole philosophy of the club. It’s a tough job for him, it really is. Managing Man United, it’s the greatest job in the world if you can get it right, but it can also be a poisoned chalice. After Fergie, we’ve had four managers in eight years. 

‘Whatever manager they get in the future, Ralf has to lay the foundations. He has to make all the decisions.

United have had four permanent managers since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013 (Picture: Getty)

‘The Man United executive team, they don’t know anything about football. The Glazers bought the club just for profit, it was nothing to do with football.

‘There hasn’t been anyone like Martin Edwards or David Gill; football people at the club. United needs to be restructured. Everything needs to change from top to bottom. There isn’t a model at United. Ralf needs to create a model that’s going to make Manchester United successful.

‘That’s a tough job in itself and it’s going to take a long time. We have to be patient. It’s hard to be patient when you’re a Man United fan because you expect to be competing all the time, even when you’re going through transitions, you still have to be winning trophies. You can’t afford to be eighth in the table when you’re Manchester United – Man United’s not been built on that.’


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