Ralf Rangnick admits Manchester United squad is not easy to manage

Ralf Rangnick admits the Manchester United squad is not ‘easy’ to manage.

Interim manager Rangnick was parachuted in to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December but United’s improvement under the German has been minimal.

United are certain to end the season trophyless and although they could still mathematically qualify for the Champions League through finishing fourth, seventh-placed United could also fall out of the places for Europa League and Europa Conference League qualification.

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At least six senior players are certain to depart United in the summer while several others either want to leave or are considering their future.

Rangnick had managed 81 games in the 10 years prior to his appointment by United but does not regret accepting their offer to take over for the remainder of the season.

“No. No regrets whatsoever,” Rangnick stressed. “I would do it over and over again. I don’t regret that at all. As a manager, you always have to question and ask yourself what you could have done better, if I could have played with a different formation in certain games , if a substitution could have been done earlier.This is what always happens.We always ask question ourselves, what we could have done better.

“I think we are all aware it’s not an easy squad. The whole situation was not easy or I would not be sitting here and Ole would probably still be here.

“Again, I think we have shown in the past couple of months we were able to raise the level but not in the same sustainable way that I would have wished. That’s the reason I’m not happy at all with what we’ve done and achieved so far.”

Rangnick is optimistic protesting United supporters will still back the team once they enter Old Trafford for the Premier League game against Norwich.

United fans at Carrington

The 1958 supporters’ group intends to march from the Tollgate pub in Stretford to the ground and protest outside during the first 17 minutes of the game to mark the 17 years of the Glazer family’s ownership.

On Friday, a group of supporters peacefully protested outside the club’s Carrington training complex, where United beefed up security and the police were called. The protests passed without incident and a United spokesperson said: “We respect the opinions of fans and remain committed to strengthening our engagement with them.”

“I don’t know what they have on their minds but I’ve heard they want to come 17 minutes late for 17 years,” Rangnick remarked. “Even if they do that then after those 17 minutes hopefully they’re still backing the team and getting behind us.

“But how much they do that depends on what we show on the pitch, so it’s a game of give and take. We cannot expect them just to support us no matter what’s on the pitch.

“I don’t think so far we’ve had to deal with [playing against a negative backdrop]. The support of the fans has been massive, no matter if it’s home or away. So far, we haven’t had that situation where they turned their emotions against the team.

“I can understand it, it’s a game of passion and emotion. Whenever we come to the ground, be it away or at home, they’re receiving the players with love and passion.

“But it’s up to us to them that we still care, that the coaching staff care and that the players care and try and get the best out of it and try and win the game.”

Rangnick declined to comment on the Glazer family’s ownership of United: “No point in speaking or talking about that right now, that’s not the issue. The issue is how can we win the game tomorrow?

“It’s not my job to speak about our ownership, I had a long conversation before I came over here at the beginning of December with the owner. Right now it doesn’t make sense to speak about that.”


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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