It looks like Manchester United have found their interim manager. As reported by The Athletic, Ralf Rangnick has reached an agreement to become the interim manager of the club and although it is subject to his current club, Lokomotiv Moscow, letting him leave, it is believed that that will not be a problem. The legendary German manager has agreed a six-month deal and will have a further two years in a consultancy role.
It is safe to say that if the move ends up happening, it is going to be an exciting one for Manchester United. Rangnick is considered as one of the most important managers in modern football and has had an influence on the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann, just to name a few.
If he does end up getting the Manchester United job, then it would be the most high-profile one of his storied career, although he has had notable stints at Schalke, RB Leipzig and others in the past.
The appointment could be a bit worrying for Cristiano Ronaldo though. Some of Rangnick’s past comments regarding the Portuguese superstar have emerged.
Rangnick’s past comments about the Manchester United superstar have emerged
As reported by the Daily Star, back in 2016, Rangnick was asked whether he would sign either Lionel Messi or Ronaldo for RB Leipzig and he replied:
“It would be absurd to think that it could work with them here. They are both too old and too expensive.”
That was five years back and Ronaldo was still very much in his prime. Now at 36 years of age, while he still remains a brilliant goalscorer, one has to admit that he is no longer as good as he was back in 2016.
And it is not hard to see why Rangnick would not want Ronaldo in his team. The Portuguese legend is not a great presser of the ball while the German’s manager entire style of play is based on winning back the ball from the opposition as early as possible through intense pressing.
Thus, it would be interesting to see how Rangnick gets the best out of Ronaldo, if he does end up in the Manchester United hot seat.