It’s fair to say that we are excited to see what changes Ralf Rangnick will bring to Manchester United. Reports have suggested that Erling Haaland may come as a result, but he will be targeted by every wealthy club in Europe when he decides to call it a day in Dortmund.
We are optimistic about Rangnick not just as an interim manager, but also in the consultancy role he is set to take up at the end of the season – unless something drastic happens and the German becomes full-time boss of the first-team.
While nobody knows what that consultancy role means yet, we can only hope that Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold have both come to the conclusion that they need a greater influence on football dealings.
Manchester United has been commercially driven for far too long.
John Murtough and Darren Fletcher should be in charge of football matters rather than businessmen, but many feel the pair would benefit from having Rangnick as a partner. His influence at the club is likely to be determined on what he achieves as interim manager.
One question Rangnick faced at his first press conference at Carrington was about a reported bonus he will receive should United win the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland (via Bild), who he helped sign for Red Bull Salzburg in 2019.
Rangnick dismissed the notion, saying (via Daily Star): “10 million for Erling Haaland, 10 million for Kylian Mbappe, 10 million for Robert Lewandowski, 10 million for Joshua Kimmich.
“Of course, this is nonsense, there is no such thing in my contract.”
United have already been linked to a host of players following Rangnick’s appointment. The type of reporting you’d expect from the tabloids, but he might need to dip into his pool of contacts to find a defensive midfielder in January.
Last night, Rangnick sat in the stands watching United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal, with Michael Carrick taking charge before announcing his departure from the club.
After being granted his work permit on Thursday, Rangnick is in full control to lead the team into Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace.