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“Got my phone number”- Rangnick reveals ten Hag is yet to contact him since appointment

Ralf Rangnick is the interim manager of Manchester United until this summer. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Ralf Rangnick is the interim manager of Manchester United until this summer. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick reveals he is still waiting for contact from new boss Erik ten Hag

Speaking to Sky Sports, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he is still waiting for incoming new boss Erik ten Hag to contact him and have a discussion about getting to work at Old Trafford.

Rangnick was appointed on an interim basis late last year to lead the club and will see his tenure expire in the summer. ten Hag, who is currently in charge of Ajax Amsterdam, will then take over from the German ahead of the new season.

The incumbent United boss said that he was positive that the supporters and the media would be able to see a better team in a better league position in the future if ten Hag manages to bring in the right players to the club.

“Knowing Erik will be the manager, with a good recruitment process and bringing in the right players, I’m very positive the supporters and the media will be able to see a better team and, at the end, hopefully a better position in the league.”

Ralf Rangnick believes Erik ten Hag can lead the side to a better league position if he brings in the right players. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)
Ralf Rangnick believes Erik ten Hag can lead the side to a better league position if he brings in the right players. (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

United are stumbling under Rangnick, unable to move out of sixth place in the Premier League table. As things stand, they are in danger of missing out on qualifying for the Champions League next season and may have to settle for a Europa League place.

“I’m more than happy to do that”

ten Hag is expected to come in at the Theatre of Dreams and turn things around, spreading some of the magic he achieved with Ajax in Holland. He has been hugely impressive with the Amsterdam side, leading them to back-to-back Eredivisie titles and multiple cup competitions in the past.

Rangnick revealed that the Dutchman had not yet contacted him ahead of replacing him in the summer, but said that he was more than happy to speak with his successor and exchange opinions when the season concludes.

“I’m pretty sure he’s got my phone number! He’s got another couple of games to play with Ajax, we have another three games to play here. Whenever he wants to speak with me and exchange our opinions, I’m more than happy to do that.” 

Ajax's Dutch coach Erik ten Hag has not contacted Ralf Rangnick yet, revealed the Manchester United boss. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
Ajax’s Dutch coach Erik ten Hag has not contacted Ralf Rangnick yet, revealed the Manchester United boss. (Photo by MAURICE VAN STEEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

After the dismissal of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier in the season, Rangnick was brought in to steady the ship and clean up the mess left behind by the Norwegian. Solskjaer saw his team go through a terrible run of form that saw them massively slip down the league table.

Since then, Rangnick has had a hard time imposing his ideas on the squad he inherited and struggled to make any meaningful impact. FA Cup and Champions League exits followed in 2022, and the team will now end their fifth straight season without winning a trophy.

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ten Hag is expected to come in and lift the atmosphere and change the fortunes of the club in due time, ushering in a new era of success and trophies. His reputation from his time at Ajax precedes him, but there is a lot of work to do in order to implement these changes.

As Rangnick mentioned, a recruitment process and new players are required to bring out any change at Old Trafford. Hopefully, the two managers can get in touch when the current campaign ends, and discuss what needs to be done to spark an upturn in fortune for the Manchester side.

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