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Ralf Rangnick's 2019 comments explain Man Utd 'consultancy' after impressing Ed Woodward


The 63-year-old German has previously discussed Manchester United’s post-Sir Alex Ferguson demise and has also impressed club vice-chairman Ed Woodward in previous meetings

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Ralf Rangick ‘s new contract with Manchester United contains a fairly unconventional clause that will see him transition into a consultancy role once his six-month spell in the dug-out is complete.

The former RB Leipzig boss is expected to be announced as the Red Devils manager until the end of the current campaign, tasked with steadying the ship before launching a bid for silverware of any kind.

The latter stages of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s reign has left Rangnick with it all to do immediately, United languishing as low as eighth in the Premier league table.

However, those at the top of the United hierarchy clearly feel the 63-year-old is up to the task, having impressed United vice-chairman Ed Woodward during previous discussions between the pair.

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Rangnick and Woodward held discussions in 2019, before the former eventually took up his current role as head of sports and development at Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

One of the things that appeared to have impressed Woodward the most was Rangnick’s core values and self-belief when arriving at a new club.

This is a topic the man himself has previously discussed at great length, revealing his outlook on what he views as a successful working environment back in 2019.

“I am happy where I am but if any club wanted to speak to me, the question would have to be: ‘Can I be somebody who can influence areas of development across the whole club?’, Rangnick told the Guardian.

“Otherwise you are only getting half of what I am capable of.

“If, after that, you can work together in a trustworthy and respectful way, then you are more likely to be successful.”

The ‘godfather of Gegenpressing’ went on to address Sir Alex Ferguson ‘s United tenure and the mistakes those in positions of power at United made in the subsequent years of his departure.

“It’s always difficult to follow someone like Sir Alex Ferguson, who was so successful and in place for a long time – and that’s even harder if you are often changing coaches.

“With every coaching change, the identity changes and this is reflected in the sporting development.

“You can look at the money that team has had available in the last five years and say there has been an underperformance.”

While Rangnick will only be United’s manager for one transfer window, his transition into a consultancy role is still likely to shape the club’s transfer policy given his strong views on the subject.

“At any club, if you cannot get the right players, then you should at least not sign the wrong ones.

“You are in trouble if you do that in one or two or three consecutive transfer windows.

“Club building is about building the right squad by transferring the right players away and having more than 50 per cent success rate of bringing in the right players.”

Given some of the eyebrow raising additions United have made in recent years. having Rangnick oversee the club’s transfer dealings is likely to be of great benefit.

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