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Ralf Rangnick adds second new staff member to his Manchester United backroom team


The German is making a number of changes behind the scenes (Picture: Getty)

Ralf Rangnick is quickly stamping his mark behind the scenes at Manchester United and is set to add a second new staff member to his backroom team, according to reports.

The German coach took charge of his first game as United manager on Sunday, recording a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford, with his staff compromised of people who were already at the club under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But Rangnick has been keen to supplement his backroom team with some new faces – though that has proven difficult with many of his trusted lieutenants already in jobs.

Sascha Lense, left, most recently worked with Schalke (Picture: Getty)

But United have already secured a deal for Chris Armas to join Rangnick’s coaching staff and now a second new arrival is imminent too.

According to The Athletic, Rangnick wants sports psychologist Sascha Lense to join him at Old Trafford and a deal has been agreed, with the 46-year-old visiting Carrington on Monday.

He was introduced to the players but, as with Armas, he cannot begin work until he has been granted a visa, which can take some time.

Lense, who was a Bundesliga 2 player in the 1990s, worked with Rangnick at RB Leipzig and has since had spells with Dynamo Dresden and Schalke.

Despite his role being that of sports psychologist he will not be part of the medical team and will join Rangnick’s coaching staff along with Armas, who previously managed MLS sides New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC.

Chris Armas has also joined United’s coaching staff (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about the possibility of bringing in his own coaches, Rangnick said last week: ‘I will obviously try to find one, two, maybe three people who can join us in the one or two weeks but due to the Brexit regulations it’s not too easy.

‘Many of my former colleagues, no matter if it is video analysts or assistant coaches are in long-term contracts with big clubs so they are not available right now and we have to be a bit smart and clever and find the right people.

‘I hope that we can get them in here in the next one or two weeks, but I cannot tell you any names.’


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