Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick speaks out about ‘obvious’ rebuild required at the club this summer
Speaking to Sky Sports, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has talked about how a rebuild at the club is obvious and required in the summer in order to take the side back to its glory days.
The German has been in charge of the club since the end of last year, taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on an interim basis until the summer. He was roped in from Lokomotiv Moscow, tasked with guiding the club to a top-four finish in order to secure Champions League football next term.
Rangnick said that it was obvious that something needs to be changed at the club in order for a rebuild in the summer, saying that the team could do with more talented and hungry players who were keen to develop their careers.
“It’s obvious that something needs to be changed, something needs to be rebuilt in the summer. The team could do with some more highly-talented, hungry players who really want to develop their own careers.”
At the moment, he sees his team sit sixth in the Premier League table, four points off Arsenal in fourth place, with the Gunners also having a game in hand over other rivals. The 63-year-old was previously in charge of RB Leipzig as manager.
“I have always believed this”
The interim boss has overseen one transfer window thus far but did not bring any new players to his new club. He was also not able to bring any trophies to Manchester, overseeing defeats in the FA Cup and Champions League as the side were knocked out of these competitions.
Rangnick spoke about the club’s vision for the future, saying that they should not sign big names, but instead go for competitive and hungry players that believe a big move to a club like United is the logical step in their career.
“I don’t think it should be that much about signing big names. I wouldn’t mind big names! But for me it’s important about being competitive, hungry, seeing a move to a club – and I have always believed this – not only as a big contract, a big-name club, but the next logical step in his career.”
Once Rangick’s tenure is complete at the end of the season, Man United’s hierarchy is expected to appoint a new permanent manager to usher in a new era at the club and break their five-year-long trophy drought.
A summer rebuild is expected when it comes to transfers, with the side expected to collude with their new boss and see who could be brought in to take the club back to where it belongs. In the meantime, Rangnick is making sure that they finish the season strongly in order to attract the best players to the club.
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Only in charge for a short while, his main priority is to lay down the groundwork ahead of his move upstairs at the end of the season. The German will take up a consultancy role beyond the summer, as he continues to be associated with the English side.
However, he will hope that his comments on Man United’s transfer policy does not fall on deaf ears. In the past, we have brought in big names like Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao, and Bastian Schweinsteiger to the club, who were ultimately big flops. Like Rangnick said, hungry and competitive players should be brought in instead, who can help the team improve.