Ralf Rangnick reveals talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after agreeing Manchester United move

Ralf Rangnick has already spoken at length with former Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Getty)

Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he shared a lengthy phone call with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get up to speed with Manchester United’s current situation.

Rangnick has been brought in as United’s interim manager for the remainder of the season following the club’s decision to sack Solskjaer last month.

United’s form had drastically dipped in the final few months of Solskjaer’s reign with five defeats in seven Premier League matches.

Michael Carrick guided United to two wins and a draw in his three games in temporary charge but Rangnick will now be in the dugout for the fixture against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And the new United manager has revealed that he has already spoken to Solskjaer to get ‘inside details’ about the players.

‘I spoke with Ole last Sunday before the game against Chelsea for almost two hours,’ Rangnick said.

‘He was very generous to spend, as I said, [more than] one-and-a-half hours on the phone with me, telling all his inside details about the team.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked after Manchester United’s defeat to Watford last month (Getty)

Rangnick also revealed that his aim is for United to gain more ‘control’ during matches, although he admits the busy winter schedule will make it difficult to implement quickly.

‘I mean, in football it’s all about control,’ Rangnick said in a separate interview with United.

‘If you want to win games you have to have control no matter if the other team has got the ball or you are in possession of the ball yourself.

‘This is probably one of the major targets in the next couple of weeks, to help the team to have control on the game, and at least against the top teams in the last couple of weeks.

‘I saw the games against Liverpool and Manchester City, at Chelsea even though we won a point there, and even against teams like Watford, the team didn’t have control. They didn’t have control over the game and this is something we will try to achieve.

‘Of course, this has to do with what do we do when we have the ball ourselves, and what are we going to do when the other team has the ball. In those two areas, I think it’s important to develop the team in the next couple of weeks.

‘On the other hand, we won’t have that much training time, because we play every three days, so it’s about video footage, using video material as an important tool to develop the team, train the brains and at the same time encourage the players to do the right things.

‘I think it’s important to win games in the first instance, and then step by step develop the team in the right direction.’

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