Rio Ferdinand rips into Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick
Talking on BT Sport (h/t The Daily Star), Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has launched a trade against Ralf Rangnick for making things worse at the Theatre of Dreams.
The German replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim-manager midway through the current season. The 63-year-old was brought in to steady the ship and facilitate a smooth transition until a permanent manager was appointed.
With Erik ten Hag set to take over in the summer, Rangnick’s spell in the front office is coming to an end. Given the results of late, it is fair to say that his stint at the helm is ending with a whimper. Man United were humiliated 4-0 at Anfield midweek and were defeated 3- at The Emirates by fellow top-four hopefuls, Arsenal.
Speaking after the defeat to The Gunners, Ferdinand claimed that Rangnick has in fact made matters worse at Old Trafford. With no trophies or a top-four finish to look forward to, Ferdinand’s statements are not without merit.
“Being brutally honest, (Ralf) Rangnick has come in and it has got worse.”
The former defender went on to add that the loss all but extinguishes Man United’s hopes of making it to next season’s UEFA Champions League. It is a sobering realization that we went big in the 2021 summer transfer window only to go backwards.
“Yeah, that is it for the top four. Manchester United have absolutely no chance, it’s done.”
Curiously, Rangnick showed signs of defiance after the game, claiming that his team did not perform too badly. He defended the players’ attitudes and believes the performance was an indication of what they can achieve.
“Yeah, that is it for the top four… We showed what football we can play. Although we had to deal with the two early goals we still showed the attitude. There is nothing about the attitude of the players we should fault today.”
While we love the optimism, it is fair to say that the manager is taking it a bit too far. Unless we call a spade a spade, delusions will continue to rule the roost at the Theatre of Dreams.
While life under Rangnick has been no rosier than under Solskjaer, the German is far from the only reason for our troubles. The players have to take a long hard look at themselves and their lack of application on the pitch.
Ferdinand will also do well to call out those who do their talking off the field than off it. If today’s performance is anything to go by, Bruno Fernandes should be the first one to face the firing squad. A difficult challenge awaits Erik ten hag and it remains to be seen just how he will go about it.
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For now, we can take comfort in the fact that we will have a permanent manager in ten Hag leading Man United’s rebuild this summer. Things have to change drastically if we are to compete with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City and hopefully, ten Hag is finally the Sir Alex Ferguson successor we are looking for- which would come at least 9 years after his retirement in 2013.