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What Jurgen Klopp has said about incoming Man Utd interim boss Ralf Ragnick


Rangnick expected to sign a six-month deal at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are on the brink of naming Ralf Rangnick their new interim manager.

The German has agreed a six-month deal to take over at Old Trafford until the end of the 2021-22 season with reports also suggesting he will be retained in a consultancy role until 2024.

It marks swift and decisive business from United who confirmed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure on Sunday with Michael Carrick stepping in as caretaker boss in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Villarreal.

63-year-old Rangnick is held in high regard across the continent and is considered an innovator of the pressing game in Germany with Liverpool Jurgen Klopp perhaps paying him the biggest compliment going.

‘One of the best, if not the best German coach,’ is how the Reds boss once described Rangnick.

Ragnick and Klopp during their days at Schalke and Mainz respectively (Picture: Getty)

Ragnick himself has compared his style to that of Klopp, even using the term ‘heavy football’ which the Liverpool boss has made his own since his Borussia Dortmund days.

In an interview with the Coaches Voice in September of this year, Rangnick said: ‘Our idea is clear: it’s very, very similar to my almost-coaching friend Jurgen Klopp.

‘Our football is very heavy metal, rock and roll and it’s not slow balls. It’s not square passes, back passes. Just having the ball ourselves doesn’t make sense.’

Rangnick has also had an influence on Liverpool’s recent transfer activity with former player Guido Schafer, a former teammate of Klopp, revealing their discussions over a recent signing at Anfield.

‘Rangnick told Jurgen ‘when you are able to buy both [Konate and then-teammate Dayot Upamecano], buy both’,’ Schafer said

‘They are both skilful players but the greater talent and the better player is Konate – he is outstanding.’

Ragnick has previously coached Hannover, Schalke and Hoffenheim before moving into a management role with RB Leipzig.

He returned to the dugout during for the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons, reaching the German Cup final in that last campaign with Leipzig before Julian Nagelsmann took the hotseat.


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